Monday, May 5, 2014

New edition of Black’s Law Dictionary to come out this month

A new edition of Black’s Law Dictionary will be out this month. In his May ABA Journal column, ABAJ Mayeditor Bryan Garner provides interesting background on how the new edition was prepared. His network of lawyers and scholars suggested adding terms such as chief legal officer and heuristics. Fred Shapiro of Yale, a “brilliant reference librarian,” provided historical background on numerous legal terms. And Garner assigned students who had studied Latin to scour sources for the dictionary’s most exhaustive list yet of Latin words and phrases. Garner then enlisted renowned scholars to evaluate that list. To streamline the dictionary, Garner has placed full Latin sentences in an appendix. Further examples in the article show that creating the tenth edition was a massive undertaking that will lend even more “historical depth” to “the most widely cited law book in the world.”


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