The young lawyer’s hand shot up at the end of recent writing workshop.
“But why shouldn’t we use legalese? I mean, doesn’t using legalese give us a veneer of sophistication? Doesn’t it show clients that you’re a real lawyer?”
As the daughter of a woodworker, I know the word veneer well.
Try this: read a news story online or listen to a radio newscast and count how many times you hear the word additional.
“The total cost estimate for additional security …”
“The province has already seen an additional 43 wildfires this year …”
“Canada will invite the leaders of a dozen additional countries ...”
Journalists — and many other professions — love the word additional.
Trees are a renewable resource.
I tell you this to head off your main objection to printing: you need to save those poor old trees that were viciously chopped down, dragged away, and turned into innocuous white pieces of printer paper. In fact, more trees will grow after that. It’s OK.
Now, let’s talk about why I believe printing is an essential part of the editing process.