Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Word-Pairs that Lawyers Love: LEGAL DOUBLETS

WORDPLAY post #25
LIST OF RELEVANT IDIOMATIC EXPRESSIONS  
EDITED: Giorgio Coniglio, March 2017.
SONG LINK: A song about legal doublets can be found at our sister-blogsite Giorgio's Ukable Parodies.
The song, entitled "Formulaic-pleonastic-legalistic doublets" has lyrics substituted into the musical hit "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious"  

Explanatory note: 
For better or worse, there does not appear to be a covenant and agreement between linguists and lawyers as to what to call these expressions. Such pairings of items with similar or overlapping meaning are known as doublets in the legal literature. They consist of pairs of nouns, verbs adjectives or even adverbs, joined by a conjunction, most commonly 'and'; hence they would usually be referred to as binomials by linguists. Linguists generally have a different concept in mind with respect to word derivation in using the term doublet.
Many knowledgeable lay people, and some legal authorities feel that this over-used jargon is designed to confuse rather than enlighten, and should be a major target in the struggle to make legal documents more generally comprehensible. In some contexts, the redundant phrase "terms and conditions" has been disallowed.

Clear, Correct, Concise and Complete is a motto in the campaign to improve written English used in the legal context. Unfortunately, "legalese" and legal professionals may be inseparable.
























Friday, 20 January 2017

Words Worth Emphasizing: REPETITIVE BINOMIALS

WORDPLAY post #24
LISTS OF RELEVANT IDIOMATIC EXPRESSIONS (expanded from other lists,e.g., Wikipedia "Siamese twins - linguistics". Repetitive binomials are sometimes seen as being a subset of alliterative binomial phrases.
EDITED: Giorgio Coniglio, March 2017.

SONG LINK: Repetitive Binomials are mentioned in the final 2 verses of the song "More Alliterative Binomials" which can be found at Giorgio's Ukable Parodies.






































Sunday, 15 January 2017

The Allure of Word-Pairs: RHYMING BINOMIALS

WORDPLAY post #23
LISTS OF RELEVANT IDIOMATIC EXPRESSIONS (expanded from other lists,e.g., Wikipedia "Siamese twins - linguistics".
EDITED: Giorgio Coniglio, March 2017.
SONG LINKS: View the singable version of this wordplay at Giorgio's Ukable Parodies by going to the post "Rhymin'Binomials



































Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Weekly Wordplay

WORDPLAY post #22
Periodic postings of palindromes, Scramble-Town Maps (creative cartography), binomial phrases, limericks, etc. 

SONGLINK: For those readers who like poetry set to music: You can find lots of singable limerick-medleys and other spoofs on our sister blog "SILLY SONGS and SATIRE", such as this recent post






HOT LINKS to collections of Classic/Goofy Palindromes #1,#2,#3
















Thursday, 5 January 2017

The Allure of Word-Pairs: ALLITERATIVE BINOMIALS

WORDPLAY post #21
LISTS OF RELEVANT IDIOMATIC EXPRESSIONS (expanded from other lists,e.g., Wikipedia "Siamese twins - linguistics".
EDITED: Giorgio Coniglio, March 2017.
SONG LINKS: View the singable version of this wordplay at Giorgio's Ukable Parodies by going to the initial post ...  , and the followup ...