legal language

RonButters at AOL.COM RonButters at AOL.COM
Wed Dec 6 20:44:33 UTC 2006

In a message dated 12/6/06 1:30:56 PM, sagehen at WESTELCOM.COM writes:

> IIRC, Raum trained as a lawyer.  No doubt it is easier to practice law if
> language can be counted on  to be definite & stable, since the outcome of
> your case may depend on what is is

Lawyers more than most know that words mean what we mean them to mean. That 
is why they take dictionaries so seriously--and why, in case of doubt, 
contracts and statutes define important words specifically for use in a give context. 
Any lawyer worth here saline solution knows that massive normally means just 
'real real big'. 

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