Sunday, February 12, 2012

More on writing good parentheticals from our guest blogger Nick Wagoner

Here is the 3rd and final part in a series by guest blogger Nick Wagoner from CircuitSplits.com on writing effective parentheticals for briefs.  

100 Parenthetical Starter Words (Part 3 of 3)

In a pair of posts last month we looked at how to effectively use parentheticals in legal writing. For those who missed Part I, you can find it by clicking here. As I mentioned in Part II, parentheticals should almost always take one of three forms. The most common form of parenthetical begins with an “-ing word.” Take, for example, the following parenthetical: United States v. Hill, 2011 WL 90130 (N.D. Cal. Jan. 10, 2011) (upholding warrantless search of iPhone photos incident to arrest).

Here is a list of some of the most common parenthetical starter words in legal writing to help you begin:

  1. admonishing (or reprimanding; chastising; rebuking)
  2. adopting (or endorsing; approving; embracing; espousing; supporting)
  3. agreeing
  4. allowing (or permitting; accepting; condoning; enabling; facilitating)
  5. analyzing (or examining)
  6. applying
  7. arguing (or advocating)
  8. asserting (or affirming; declaring)
  9. avoiding (or sidestepping)
  10. awarding (or granting; assigning)
  11. canvasing (or inspecting; scrutinizing)
  12. cautioning (or warning)
  13. challenging (or questioning)
  14. clarifying (or elaborating; expanding; correcting; adding)
  15. comparing (or analogizing)
  16. complaining
  17. complimenting1
  18. conceding (or admitting)
  19. concurring
  20. conditioning
  21. confirming
  22. confronting
  23. considering
  24. construing
  25. contrasting
  • correcting (or fixing)
  • criticizing
  • deciding (or concluding; determining; resolving)
  • deferring
  • defining
  • demonstrating (or showing; illustrating; presenting)
  • discussing (or commenting; noting; examining; explaining)
  • dismissing
  • dissenting (or disagreeing)
  • distinguishing
  • drawing
  • establishing (or creating; inventing)
  • evaluating
  • examining
  • explaining (describing; clarifying; correcting; adding; expanding; elaborating; discussing)
  • exploring
  • exposing
  • finding
  • focusing
  • granting
  • highlighting
  • holding
  • identifying
  • imposing
  • inferring
  • inquiring
  • interpreting
  • inviting (or welcoming; greeting; offering)
  • issuing
  • judging
  • lending
  • limiting (or narrowing; restricting; confining)
  • negating
  • noting (or acknowledging)
  • observing
  • opining (or commenting; remarking)
  • ordering (or demanding; directing)
  • outlining
  • overruling
  • overturning
  • penalizing
  • pointing out
  • precluding
  • prohibiting (or estopping; impeding; barring)
  • proposing (or offering)
  • qualifying
  • reasoning (or rationalizing; justifying)
  • rebuking
  • recognizing
  • recommending (or advising)
  • reducing (curtailing; depriving)
  • referring
  • reflecting
  • rejecting (or refusing; declining; denying; discounting; dismissing; discrediting)
  • relying
  • remanding
  • rendering
  • reporting
  • reprimanding
  • requesting
  • requiring
  • reversing
  • reviewing
  • ruling
  • satisfying
  • sentencing
  • speculating
  • stating (or providing; expressing)
  • summarizing
  • supporting (or buttressing; bolstering)
  • sustaining
  • underlining
  • upholding
  • urging (or admonishing)
  • vacating
  • (jbl).

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