legalese


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legalese

the conventional language in which legal documents, etc., are written

legalese

Dense, pedantic verbiage in a language description, product specification, or interface standard; text that seems designed to obfuscate and requires a language lawyer to parse it. Though hackers are not afraid of high information density and complexity in language (indeed, they rather enjoy both), they share a deep and abiding loathing for legalese; they associate it with deception, suits, and situations in which hackers generally get the short end of the stick.
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I know that I must adjust more stringently to the Digital Age, forget long-winded legalese, simplify, and get to the point pronto.
Another tenet of legalese involves repeating numbers with Arabic characters and in words.
So the team of arrangers drafted an Applicable Pricing Supplement, again legalese for actually naming an asking price, decided on a spread, and set off on a roadshow to South Africa's large institutional investors in September.
The Plain English Campaign, which lobbies for the use of clear language and against legalese and jargon, said it was shocked by references made in the inquiry to the resolution being unclear.
A must read for those who want to file a complaint but are put off by legalese, "How to Win Your Case in Small Claims Court Without a Lawyer" is indispensable.
Even though the economic stimulus bill is written in legalese, members of Congress should have been able to read it.
Cochram hopes to remedy that in plain speak, free of all technical talk and legalese so that those who are not Economics Professors can understand.
In the legalese of bank regulators, these staffers, "who have been convicted of, or entered into a pretrial diversion or similar program for certain criminal offenses, are prohibited from participating in the affairs of any insured depository institution without prior regulatory or judicial approval.
Kimble's own version (bottom right) cuts through the original's legalese and improves readability with bullet points and subheads.
many of the arguments are not only long, but filled with minutiae and legalese, most of which the non-lawyer listeners will not be able to (or want to) follow.
Not to get tangled in too much legalese, the suit involves GM basically asking for money back.