Wall Street Journal Article and Video on “Throughout the Universe”

The Wall Street Journal has published this article on use of the phrase throughout the universe in contracts. And below is the accompanying video. I’m featured fleetingly in both.

Most of my interview ended up on the cutting-room floor, presumably because my take on this subject was dreadfully earnest: The phrase throughout the universe, which I wrote about in this January 2007 blog post, is certainly a bit silly. But more to the point, although it might be appropriate in some contexts, as a general matter it’s symptomatic of the broader dysfunction in contract language. Ultimately the joke is on the client.

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.