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Bryan A. Garner
Editor in chief, Black's Law Dictionary; author, Garner's Modern English Usage. Fall in love with language & it will love you back.
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Bryan A. Garner retweeted
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I bought the guide to grammar, usage, and punctuation. As some light pre-bed reading, I’m skimming the “selected glossary” (88 pages) and learning a ton of grammar terms I’ve never heard of. Peripheral adjective? My life is changing. Thanks, !
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Bryan A. Garner Apr 17
This is Lafayette Square as it looked this morning. Beautiful day.
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Bryan A. Garner Apr 17
It’s a beautiful midday in Washington. You can see two presidential memorials here in addition to the Washington Monument.
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Anton Sorkin ن Apr 16
This latest Michael Lewis podcast with brings me back to Tolkien’s love for language described in Zaleski’s “The Literary Lives of the Inklings” . Great stuff as usual.
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Bryan A. Garner Apr 16
Baggage claim was slow just now. Then I saw my bag beside me with a woman’s hand on the handle. “Is that your bag?” “Maybe not,” she said. “Are you Bryan?” She handed it over. “Yes.” “Here’s your bag. My husband took it off. Glad to help.” “Excellent,” I said, walking off.
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Jose A. Hernandez Apr 15
If you REALLY wanted to get into the weeds on the use of the word "shall" in legal drafting, then you should note that there are two prevailing schools of thought in dealing with the ambiguity: 1) The American Rule, and the "ABC rule." Again, Garner with the explanation:
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Bryan A. Garner Apr 14
Replying to @milst1
I’ve never seen that misusage.
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ABA Journal Apr 12
From the April magazine: Old-fashioned textualism is all about interpretation, not legislating from the bench.
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Bryan A. Garner Apr 12
This decorating technique—turning books backward with the spines up against the wall (yeah, like a redneck)—is the trendy manifestation of anti-intellectualism.
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Bryan A. Garner Apr 9
Jake Stein, my good friend, RIP:
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Bryan A. Garner Apr 9
“The words in prose ought to express the intended meaning, and no more…. In the very best styles, as Southey's, you read page after page, understanding the author perfectly, without once taking notice of the medium of communication.” —Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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Bryan A. Garner Apr 9
An introduction to subject–verb agreement. On the one hand, I’d like to think that ⁦⁩ has weightier things on his mind; on the other hand, ... has my tweeting word limit been exceeded yet?
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Bryan A. Garner Apr 9
All the best words? “Subsidies...has adversely impacted”? Once again we have irrefutable evidence that you, Mr. President, do not have the best words.
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Bryan A. Garner Apr 8
Replying to @andymergendahl
It’s called a Scriptorium, thank you very much.
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Bryan A. Garner Apr 8
Houston airport: “Please do not be persuaded to take articles aboard a flight by people you do not know well. We appreciate your cooperation while these measures are in effect.” As in—for the rest of your life.
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Bryan A. Garner Apr 8
Replying to @BryanAGarner
Seeing that the whole conversation was leading toward a most unhappy ending, I extricated myself. As I started to leave: “What do you do, sir?” “I’m a lexicographer. Good seeing you both.” “What’s that??” My phone rang just in time. “I’m sorry,” I said, taking the call.
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Bryan A. Garner Apr 8
“Parlor” is an interesting word. I was just drawn into a conversation at an airport gate with two others, one of whom said has just been licensed as a massage therapist. Our other interlocutor asked where her “parlor” is located. “Your massage parlor.” “It’s a spa,“ she replied.
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Bryan A. Garner Apr 8
Word of the Day: HETEROPHEMY /het-uh-ROF-uh-mee/. I almost used the wrong word for it but corrected myself just in time: it’s definitely “heterophemy” (see photo).
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Bryan A. Garner Apr 7
That’s extraordinarily unpleasant without the hyphens. Looks completely amateurish.
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Bryan A. Garner Apr 7
Exceedingly! I think highly of such a well-educated see-what-I-mean writer.
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