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Replace Latin with English

Replace Latin with English

Why lawyers rely so much on Latin and why it’s a problem in documents intended for clients, alternatives to Latin words and phrases in client communications, and what this means for your internal documents.


Welcome to Replace Latin with English! Last time, we began looking at how events that took place more than a thousand years ago have impacted legal writing in the Twenty-first Century. But, while Norman French has certainly made its mark, Latin—the language of the much earlier Roman conquerors—has also had a long-lasting impact. By way of background, apart from a brief interval in the 1650’s, Latin was the predominant language in England’s common-law courts up until 1731. The English legal...