Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Avoiding ambiguity

“First Aid Squad Helps Dog Bite Victim.” That’s just one of the ambiguous sentences quoted in a recent Wydickarticle by Richard Wydick. Wydick provides plenty of cautionary examples to illustrate the importance of precise drafting. I especially appreciate his endorsement of the serial comma (the comma after the next-to-last item in a series). As he points out, omitting the serial comma can create a troublesome ambiguity in legal writing. Read the whole article at page 5 of the Late Fall 2011 Scrivener.



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