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Bad typography = higher concentration?

My friend Scott Stolley spotted an article saying that bad typography might be better for your brief. The theory is that if the readers have to work harder to read it, they will remember it better. Scott is skeptical, and so am I. Still, I’m all for airing views contrary to conventional wisdom. And if the theory holds water, maybe we should explore whether oral argument in a whiny voice is more effective.

Who else’s vocabulary includes “ossature”?

West’s headnote of the day:

Even during appellate review of a dismissal for failure to state a claim, which takes place under a set of plaintiff-friendly guidelines, the reviewing court cannot be expected to do counsel's work, create the ossature for the argument, and put flesh on its bones.
Redondo-Borges v. U.S. Dept. of Hous. & Urban Dev., 421 F.3d 1 (1st Cir. 2005).

Without looking up the case, I’m guessing it’s written by Judge Selya. Ossature is a dead giveaway.