What Should I Call the Third Edition of MSCD?

My attention has been turning to the third edition of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting, and I’d appreciate your input on a vital issue: What should I call it?

The current title is fine, but it’s generic. And it’s not conducive to being shortened—MSCD leaves something to be desired as a moniker.

The obvious thing to do would be to following in the footsteps of, you guessed it, Bryan Garner. For example, his A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage morphed into Garner’s Dictionary of Legal Usage. But Adams’s is awkward, making The Adams the likeliest option for grafting my identity on to the title. That would allow people to say, “What does Adams say?” I’d refer to the book as TAM. But the title wasn’t exactly short to begin with. And do I risk looking like a raging egomaniac?

Readers, you can have your say in the comments and in the following poll.

Updated 8:30 a.m. EDT, August 11, 2012: It’s fun to consider alternatives, but realistically, my only options, aside from keeping the current title, are the first three listed in the poll. Using a title too different from the current one could result in people thinking that I’ve written an entirely new book.



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.