Don’t Create Zombie Nouns in an Appeal

zombieLawyers are bad about creating zombie nouns by burying verbs. In drafting a brief for an appeal, we never mediate or litigate; we always engage in mediation or litigation. We never examine a witness or object to her testimony; we conduct an examination and make an objection. And we don’t settle cases; we effectuate settlements.

We will throw a suffix on most anything, transforming a perfectly fine verb into a weak noun. Continue reading “Don’t Create Zombie Nouns in an Appeal”