Goodbye, “Magic Words”

Some readers may have noticed that in this post discussing problematic terms of art I don’t use the phrase “magic words.”

I’ve long used “magic words” as a label for dysfunctional terminology; see this 2010 blog post. But while writing my post on terms of art, I realized that although “magic words” has real snark value, it’s otherwise unhelpful. So into the dustbin it goes.

I also suspect that I won’t have use for the word “jargon.” As a label for terms of art, “jargon” has no diagnostic value.

About the author

Ken Adams is the leading authority on how to say clearly whatever you want to say in a contract. He’s author of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting, and he offers online and in-person training around the world. He’s also chief content officer of LegalSifter, Inc., a company that combines artificial intelligence and expertise to assist with review of contracts.