lawyers should write in lowercase

I’ve been involved in some legal document reviews of late. It always amuses me the fastidious approach that lawyers employ when it comes to capitalisation. If a word takes a capital first letter, then it needs to have a formal definition. Or rather, any word requiring a formal definition needs a capital first letter.

But what if the word appears at the beginning of a sentence? Obviously, but in that case doesn’t, but when a more contextual word adorns the space after the full-stop, then its need for a definition comes into question. The word London appeared mid-sentence today, and I was eager to define it.

so, i propose that all lawyers always employ lowercase type, with the exception of words needing a definition. any proper nouns, like london, should be lowercased, as should acronyms (e.g. the bbc) and at the beginning of sentences.


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