New Edition of “Garner’s Modern American Usage”

I noticed that a third edition of Garner’s Modern American Usage has been published. I’ll be purchasing a copy, as GMAU has been the first thing I turn to when looking for guidance on general English usage.

Would GMAU be of any use to contract drafters? The language of contracts is limited and stylized—it’s analogous to computer code. But once you’ve mastered the core usages, there’s plenty of room left for flair in determining the clearest way to articulate a concept. So a command of general English usages would come in handy for purposes of drafting contracts, and a good reference work would come in handy for purposes of developing your command of general English usages.

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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.

2 thoughts on “New Edition of “Garner’s Modern American Usage””

  1. Garner’s second edition (2003) is an indispensible work for any lawyer interested in drafting elegant and efficient contracts. I am sure that the third edition is intended as an improvement, but I can’t imagine how! LMBell

  2. Larry: These days I’m sure many new editions are in large measure aimed at neutralizing the pool of used copies for sale online. But with a subject as broad as English usage, six years is plenty of time to build up new material. Ken


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