Volume 3, Number 4 • September 2005

Choose Your Words Wisely

A thesaurus can assist legal professionals in making word choices more effective. For instance, the following words are arranged in two groups—critical-favorable and favorable-critical, and can help you determine what “verbal picture” you want to convey.
FavorableCritical
exclusivemonopoly
protagonisthatchetman
protective custodyimprisonment
protest, demonstrationmob scene, riot
introspectivemoody
speak softly/whispermumble

From Advocacy Words: A Thesaurus
By William Drennan
ABA General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm Division

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