Avoid archaic legal language

Many words and phrases that we find in legal information i n English just seem to shout "This is legal stuff. You won't understand it." Phrases like mation clearly, see www

"to wit," "the said example," and "heretofore" were plain language .plainlanguage.gov.

hundreds of years ago. People actually talked that way, so reading those words was easy for people - then. But language changes over time.

Words come into the language. Words leave the language. Those words -

and many other "legalisms" - have left our everyday language. We see them only in legal information. We don't talk that way now, so reading those words is not easy for your site visitors. Leave them out or replace them with common English words.

Figure Interlude 2-3 shows you part of a list of words to avoid from the U. S. Federal Register's Drafting Legal Documents.

For example, the sentence with "pursuant to" and "hereinafter" in Figure Interlude 2-4 is not necessary. Most web sites (from Italy and from other countries) don't cite the law in their privacy policies.

Figure Interlude 2-3 Words like the ones in this list are no longer part of our common speech. You can write clear legal information without using these words.

www.archives.gov/federal-register/write/legal-docs

Figure Interlude 2-3 Words like the ones in this list are no longer part of our common speech. You can write clear legal information without using these words.

www.archives.gov/federal-register/write/legal-docs

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Why include this at all? Most web f ji \ sites don't mention the law. If you must include a reference to the law, put it at the end of the page so it won't stop people from reading the rest of the page. Or just write, "The law says we must tell you this information."

Figure Interlude 2-4 Words like "pursuant to" and "hereinafter" make legal information difficult for many people to understand.

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