Blawgletter went to a seminar today. It concerned legal writing. Our old friend Bryan Garner presented it.
Mr. Garner underlined some points by playing video clips. The excerpts came from interviews, mostly of judges. Mr. Garner asked the questions in them.
Except the one of 96-year-old Lord Denning. We liked it a lot anyway. As Mr. Garner warned us, the old judge sounded less like a noble than a pirate.
One thing struck us. Lord Denning said that he favored short sentences. And his obituary confirms his ability "of speaking directly and compellingly to ordinary people in well-constructed and lucid prose."
That sounds to us more than a bit like Mr. Garner. Thank you, Bryan.