Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The problem with acronyms

CooneyAcronyms often cause difficulties in legal writing, especially when they are overused. So wrote Mark Cooney in the July Michigan Bar Journal. Acronyms and initialisms, Cooney wrote, are difficult for readers to keep straight. His example of an acronym-laden paragraph from Constellation Power Source, Inc. v Select Energy, Inc. is nearly incomprehensible. Cooney concluded, “Courts and commentators have debunked the notion that readers appreciate acronyms and that there’s no way to avoid them.”



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