And it is at the expense of lawyers? You can read The Party of the First Part. This website is from author Adam Freedman. A bit about him: Adam Freedman is the author of the “Legal Lingo” column for the New York Law Journal Magazine. He also blogs at The Huffington Post and thepartyofthefirstpart.blogspot.com. Please visit the book’s website at www.partyofthefirstpart.com and nominate the worst example of legalese that you have come across to the first annual Golden Gobbledygook Award!
And a bit about the website: The debate over Plain vs. Precision English rages on in courtrooms, boardrooms, and, yes, even bedrooms. In The Party of the First Part, Adam Freedman explores the origins of legalese, interprets archaic phrasing (witnesseth!), explains obscure and oddly named laws, and disputes the notion that lawyers are any smarter than the rest of us when judged solely on their briefs. (A brief, by the way, is never so.)
This is some of the funniest writing you will see. And it is all true.
In honor of The Party of the First Part, I want to see examples of bad insurance adjuster writing. I know it is out there -it is the reason I wrote an article on writing for insurance adjusters. Send me your examples!