Get to the Point

The Prosody Pitfall

Get to the Point! You’ve finished the memorandum in support of your motion, and it’s beautiful, lyrical even. But wait, has prosody led you astray?

Theda C. Snyder - June 23, 2020
Terms for Not Working and Not Earning Money

Get to the Point! A lot of people are involuntarily out of work now, and a lot of terms are being thrown around to describe their status. Sometimes the terminology can affect access to unemployment benefits.

Theda C. Snyder - May 21, 2020
Parallel Persuasion

Get to the Point! Parallelism, says Teddy Snyder, makes your writing more readable and memorable.

Theda C. Snyder - May 5, 2020
Attorney or Lawyer — Which Am I?

Usually, we use the terms “attorney” and “lawyer” interchangeably, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But is there really a difference between the words?

Theda C. Snyder - March 2, 2020
With, Not Who, for Things; Who, Not That, for People

The general grammar rule is to use “who” to refer to people and “which” to refer back to inanimate objects. The possessive form of “who” is “whose” but there is no possessive form for “which.” The result is that writers must choose between a ...

Theda C. Snyder - February 12, 2020
Your Livelihood Depends on Persuasive Writing

For more persuasive writing, make sure every word counts and sentence construction is terse. Here are some suggestions.

Theda C. Snyder - January 14, 2020
Classically Clueless

As with cliches, Greek and Roman myths can refer to commonly understood paradigms. Or at least they do when speakers and writers know what they are saying.

Theda C. Snyder - November 12, 2019
OK, So You’ve Got a Thesaurus

You want to come across as erudite, not clueless.

Theda C. Snyder - October 2, 2019
You Wouldn’t Put up With “Yeah, No” From a Witness — Why Do You Say It?

Yeah, no, I get it. These speech mannerisms have a way of creeping into our vernacular, but, for lawyers, this one may be the worst.

Theda C. Snyder - August 7, 2019
Case Resolution Vocabulary

Be sure you use the correct ADR terms with clients, judges and opponents to avoid misunderstandings.

Theda C. Snyder - July 10, 2019
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