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15 Law Notes Gen. Prac. [i] (1979)

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Published by the American Bar Association's Section of General Practice

Winter 1979




                                  Bruce  E. Davis

        1. WITS  AND   WORDS (Revisited)

   Our  Winter  1975 issue included references to Ed-
 win Newman's   book,  Strictly Speaking (Bobbs-Mer-
 rill). The television commentator, anchorman,  host,
 writer, and critic, commented in his book about  the
 decline of the English language, including this ref-
 erence to business language:
      Gulf Oil used to speak of one of the most unique road-
   ways ever built, which of course helped Gulf to be ready
   for what it so long claimed to be ready for-Whatever
   the work there is to be done. Altman in New York adver-
   tises sweaters that are definitely for a young junior;
   Cartier believes that a memorandum pad, a stationery
   holder, and a pencil cup make a triumvirate.

     Chairman and Editor
BRUCE E. DAVIS, Bethlehem. PA

  Business language takes many  forms.

    Camaraderie: Us  Tareyton smokers  would rather
  fight than switch. Pomposity: When Morgan Guaranty
  Trust  announced  that  negotiable securities worth
  $13,000,000 were missing from its vaults, it said, A
  thorough preliminary search for the securities has been
  made, and a further search is now being made. All it
  needed to say was, We're looking for them-if indeed it
  couldn't expect its distinguished clients to take for
  granted that it was looking.

  Recently, I spoke to the business school of a large,
midwestern  university. In part, I discussed the decline
in the emphasis on communications   skills at our col-
leges and universities. My remarks included  the fre-
quent sentence fillers, such as Ya' know,-right-
say, man-like,   you gotta, used  by our  educators
and our  educated.

   Occasionally, I, like you, am referred to as a word
mechanic.  I, like you, am  teased about the use of
whereas   and wherefore.  On  balance, I submit

that our profession does better with the English lan-
guage  than  most-but   there is more  room  for im-

   I concluded my  comments  to the business students
 as follows:

                            (continued on next page)

                                           Vice-Chairman and Managing Editor

                                      DUKE  NORDLINGER STERN, Charleston, WV
        Vice-Chairmen and Associate Editors At-Large




Administrative Law
Domenico J. Alfano
Walter Jensen. Jr.
Richard K. Decker
J. Edward Betts
Francis J. Larkin
Guy K. Tower
Sidney L. Krawitz
Thurston R. Moore

Robert M. Westberg
Douglas F. MacPhail
William 0. Bittman
Andrew Sonner
Domestic Relations
Ralph J. Podell
Stephen D. Taylor
Economics of Practice
Kline D. Strong

   Editorial Board
Estate Planning/Probate
Marvin A. Cohen
William C. Weinsheimer
William B. Spann, Jr.
George C. Rozmarin
Leonard Kopelman
Robert Russell Stobbs
Natural Resources/Environmiental
Norman T. Farley
Delby B. Stobbs

Patent. Trademark & Copyright
Edward F. McKie. Jr.
James W. Geriak
Real Estate
Kenneth G. Rush
William J. Stewart
C. Dale McClain
Marjorie O'Connell Amey
Harry Sabbath Bodin
Hullihen W. Moore

I   Copyright @ 1979 American Bar AssociationPrdcdbthABPes

Vol. 15, No. 1

33 pages

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