Presidential-Debate Bingo: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Watching the 2020 Debates

Print bingo cards for yourself, your family members, and your friends. You’ll be monitoring the contenders’ modes of argument. It’s a great way to teach high schoolers and college students—and for others to hone their critical thinking. Professor Garner will be live-tweeting the September 29 debate to call the bingo numbers: @BryanAGarner. You’ll be listening …

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Hirsch Report

For those wishing to see the comprehensive report by Steven Hirsch on the Scalia–Posner brouhaha relating to Reading Law, click Hirsch Report.

Adopt-a-Bobble-Bryan program 2015

On January 13, 2015, 20 Bobble Bryans will be looking for good homes. (Yes, for the first time ever, we’re selling the already-legendary Bryan Garner bobblehead for $500 each.) All profits will go to the Campaign for Equal Access to Justice for the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program. Submit your request by e-mail to beginning …

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Happy 25th Anniversary to LawProse!

At LawProse, we’re celebrating our 25th Anniversary! Next year will mark the 25th anniversary of LawProse—the 1990 brainchild of Bryan A. Garner. To commemorate this important milestone, look for special events every month. We’ll start off in January with our Adopt-a-Bobble-Bryan program. On January 13th, 20 Bobble Bryans will be looking for good homes. (Yes, …

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Newly Released Book

For immediate release Something in the Way RosePen Books, an imprint of LawProse Inc., announces the release of Bebe Bralley’s Something in the Way, the poignant, courageous story of a wife bravely helping her husband cope with Alzheimer’s disease. In fall 2007, Bebe begins to notice that her husband, Bill, is acting strange. First it’s …

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Hirsch Report

In the wake of my friend Judge Richard A. Posner’s review of the Scalia–Garner book Reading Law—a review that accused Justice Scalia and me of manifold distortions and errors despite our extensive fact-checking—I retained a respected San Francisco lawyer, Steven A. Hirsch, to investigate and assess these allegations. The purpose was to have an independent …

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RosePen Books Releases New David Foster Wallace Book: Quack This Way

Nearly five years after David Foster Wallace’s tragic death, Bryan A. Garner—the lexicographer whose work Wallace rhapsodized about—has released a new book containing the last long interview that Wallace gave. Entitled Quack This Way (Wallace’s phrase), the interview explores in great depth the fields that brought Wallace and Garner together: language, writing, English usage, scholarship, …

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A Bizspeak Blacklist

It’s mission-critical to be plain-spoken, whether you’re trying to be best-of-breed at outside-the-box thinking or simply incentivizing colleagues to achieve a paradigm shift in core-performance value-adds. Leading-edge leveraging of your plain-English skill set will ensure that your actionable items synergize future-proof assets with your global-knowledge repository. Just kidding. Seriously, though, it’s important to write plainly. …

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Those Grammar Gaffes Will Get You

People see your language as a reflection of your competence. Make lots of mistakes in your e-mails, reports, and other documents, and you’ll come across as uneducated and uninformed. Others will hesitate to trust your recommendation to launch a resource-intensive project, for example, or to buy goods or services. They’ll think you don’t know what …

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Dear Dallas Morning News:

Dear Dallas Morning News: As you know, I certainly can’t complain about the coverage I’ve generally had in the Dallas Morning News. You’ve been generous to me over the years. But I really must protest the paltry and even silly treatment of the Scalia–Garner event in the January 29 edition (believe it or not, on …

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Model Arbitration Clause

Here’s a model arbitration clause drafted by the redoubtable Cary Cooper of Toledo—a partner at Cooper & Kowalski. It’s intended to streamline and simplify arbitration. What do you think of it? (Disclaimer: If you’re not a lawyer, then consult one before using this clause.)

The Year 2012 in Language & Writing

January The Los Angeles Times reported on local poet and journalist John Tottenham’s crusade against the pandemic overuse and abuse of the word awesome. The British expat has launched what he calls the Campaign to Stamp Out Awesome, complete with stickers, t-shirts, and a manifesto, all available at the campaign’s headquarters, the Echo Park bookstore …

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