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Pitcher and pizza

KipEsquire has an interesting post on plain language. His topic is teaching economics, but the lesson applies to legal instruction and writing too. He advocates the "pitcher and pie" principle:

[I]f I can't explain an economic, financial or legal concept to you over a pitcher of beer and a pizza pie, then I've failed as a teacher.

This principle applies to lawyers, because each lawyer, whether advising the client or advocating the client's cause, is a teacher.

(Thanks to Mike, who emailed me about this item.)


Eh Nonymous

thanks for pointing that out. I'm interested in Plain English and comprehensibility. Er, ease of use.

"Is it legible? Is it comprehensible?" No, _is it clear_? Is it _convincing_?

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