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This book is now Out of Print.
A new edition has been published, the details can be seen here:
Garner's Dictionary of Legal Usage 3rd ed isbn 9780195384208

A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage 2nd ed

ISBN13: 9780195142365
ISBN: 0195142365
New Edition ISBN: 9780195384208
Previous Edition ISBN: 0195077695
Published: May 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: USA
Format: Paperback
Price: Out of print

With double the length and coverage of the original, this new edition of A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage marshals and analyzes the modern legal vocabulary more thoroughly than any other contemporary reference work can claim to do. Since the 1987 first edition, Bryan A. Garner has drawn on his unrivaled experience as a legal editor to refine his positions on legal usage and to add a wealth of new material.

Here's how Garner's revision makes DMLU, Second Edition indispensable: -

  • Updates every existing entry, making this a second edition in the fullest sense
  • Adds hundreds of new sections within existing entries
  • Adds over 3,000 new illustrative quotations from judicial opinions and leading lawbooks by prominent legal commentators
  • Reconsiders previously held positions, now saying, for example, that contractions are sometimes permissible in legal writing
  • Fully elaborates ideas only hinted at in the first edition
  • Takes into account numerous comments received from first edition users
  • Expands and updates cross-references to guide readers quickly and easily
  • Functions both as a style guide and as a law dictionary
  • Guides writers to distinguish between true terms of law and mere jargon
  • Illustrates recommended forms of expression as well as common blunders with thousands of quotations and citations
  • Explains the origins of expressions lawyers regularly use, such as ""Know all men by these presents"", or ""party of the first part""
  • Records and evaluates more than 100 twentieth-century neologisms, from ""conclusory"" to ""farminor"" In short, in its Second Edition, DMLU remains, as one reviewer hailed it in 1987, ""truly unique in the literature of law"". It is an essential resource for practising lawyers, scholars of the law, and libraries of all sizes and types.