The Last Word: A Micro Study of Some Macro Jargon

Volume 27 No. 2

The Last Word Editor: Marie Antoinette Moore, Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, L.L.C., 909 Poydras Street, Suite 2800, New Orleans, LA 70112, (504) 299-2100

Last fall, our Editor received an e-mail flyer for a telephone continuing legal education program entitled “Legal Writing at the Macro Level.” He scratched his head—is this for computer scientists or economists? Reading further, he learned that this presenter would “focus on important communicative elements within a document at the largest structural and organizational level” so that the listener could improve his or her documents “at the macro level.” Our Editor asked himself, “Are the ‘important communicative elements’ words, sentences, paragraphs, or something else?” He concluded, “How can I expect this fellow to improve my writing if I can’t even understand his description of the presentation?”

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