Garner's Dictionary of Legal Usage / Edition 3

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Overview


This new edition of Garner's Dictionary of Legal Usage discusses and analyzes modern legal vocabulary and style more thoroughly than any other contemporary reference work. Since the first edition, Bryan A. Garner has drawn on his unrivaled experience as a legal editor to refine his position on legal usage. The new Third Edition remains indispensable: Garner has updated entries throughout, while adding eight hundred new entries and new senses of existing entries, as well as thousands of new illustrative quotations from judicial opinions and leading lawbooks. Garner has also revised the selected bibliography, and expanded and updated cross-references to guide readers quickly and easily.

The GDLU now has much greater depth in particular areas of law, such as immigration and intellectual property. More examples from British English sources are included, to illustrate the similarities and differences between American and British English, and to aid readers using foreign common-law sources. Dozens of sets of near-synonyms that have long perplexed lawyers are now concisely defined and differentiated. Asterisks now precede words and phrases that are invariably inferior forms, making it easy for readers to tell which ones to avoid. A new category called Interpretation, Modes of, outlines the theories and defines the terminology of interpretation, also known as hermeneutics. Entries contain the most comprehensive glossary available for words and phrases related to legal interpretation. And, for the first time ever, sources are consistently cited throughout, with a solid majority of citations from post-2000. A new preface introduces the reader to this edition and discusses the extensive content that has been newly incorporated.

Influential writers and editors rely on Garner's Dictionary of Legal Usage daily. It is an essential resource for practicing lawyers, legal scholars, and libraries of all sizes and types, functioning as both a style guide and a law dictionary, guiding writers to distinguish between true terms of law and mere jargon and illustrating recommended forms of expression. Common blunders are discussed in ways that will discourage writers from any further use. The origins of frequently used expressions are described with engaging prose. Collectively, there is no better resource for approaching legal writing in a logical, clear, and error-free way.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Despite recent trends toward writing about legal issues by simplifying legal English for nonlawyers, such language still involves jargon as well as numerous style and linguistic questions that are inadequately addressed by standard style manuals and writing guides. This basic legal dictionary and abridged legal style guide will "allow readers to resolve at a glance the many grammatical and stylistic questions that arise in legal writing." Since publishing the book as A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage (1987, 2001; both Oxford), Garner has replaced "uncited illustrative quotations with citable examples"; increased the number of citations and updated them with more recent selections from opinions, statutes, briefs, and classic legal treatises; and provided favorable, unfavorable, and neutral examples, including his own grammatically incorrect passages. The alphabetically arranged, interfiled dictionary and essay entries include information on style, grammar, usage, punctuation, typography, word formation, spelling, and pronunciation as well as a legal lexicography. The title lists legal definitions of ordinary English terms such as cutting edge, legal jargon, and French and Latin words (e.g., cy pres) that are commonly used in the profession. Garner also provides a bibliography of additional writing aides and indexes of writers and periodicals cited. BOTTOM LINE Despite the bibliography's exclusion of the Manual on Usage and Style (Texas Law Review, 11th ed., 2008), this is an excellent companion to the author's Black's Law Dictionary (Thomson-West, 9th ed., 2009) and other legal citation and style resources. An affordable and invaluable reference resource for any library with a writing or law collection, this title will be of interest to lexicographers, legal students, scholars, and writers.—Laurie Selwyn, formerly with Grayson Cty. Law Lib., Sherman, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195384208
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 1032
  • Sales rank: 219,803
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 2.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Bryan Garner is the award-winning author or editor of more than 20 books. He is a prolific lecturer, having taught more than 2,500 writing workshops since the 1991 founding of his company, LawProse, Inc. His works include Garner on Language and Writing, Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges (co-written with Justice Antonin Scalia), The Winning Brief, The Elements of Legal Style, and Legal Writing in Plain English. Garner has served as editor-in-chief of Black's Law Dictionary since 1995, and he is the author of the grammar-and-usage chapter in the venerable Chicago Manual of Style.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Classified Guide to Essay Entries
Pronunciation Guide
List of Abbreviations
Garner's Dictionary of Legal Usage
Select Bibliography
Acknowledgments of Permission
Select Index of Writers Cited

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