Start a Drive to Boost Your Vocabulary

Vol. 39 No. 7


Bryan A. Garner (@BryanAGarner) is the president of LawProse Inc. ( He is the author of many widely used books, including Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges (with Justice Antonin Scalia) and Garner’s Modern American Usage. He is the editor in chief of all current editions of Black’s Law Dictionary.

If you want to write really well, one thing you simply must do is to stock your mind with an ample vocabulary. You need words at your disposal. Lots of them. Interesting words. Apt words. Your real vocabulary is measured not by how many words you can recognize, but by how many you can call up and use.

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