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Bryan A. Garner

Dallas, Texas
President, Lawprose

Editor in chief, Black's Law Dictionary; author, Garner's Modern English Usage. Fall in love with language & it will love you back.

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Nov 22, 2017

“Any two authors separated by no more than twenty or thirty years are not using precisely the same language. Some changes will have occurred even in so brief a time—imperceptibly, probably, in accidence and syntax but reasonably plain in vocabulary and idiom.” —G.H. Vallins

Nov 22, 2017

Dallas now has a Scriptorium, which will be dedicated to lexicographic research. All that’s left is to paint it. Officials were concerned about the lack of an ordinance authorizing scriptoria, so the planning permit called it a “pavilion.” No need to alarm people. #lexicography

Nov 21, 2017

Odd for two usagists to reject the ensure/insure distinction, which is based on actual usage: we insure risks but ensure that things happen. “Ensure that” predominates over “insure that” by a 37:1 ratio in print sources. Do you reject the distinction betw. historic & historical?

Nov 21, 2017

On “ensure that” vs. “insure that.” If the New Yorker accepts the latter, it’s just one more idiosyncratic thing about its style sheet. @RonanFarrow @HenryWFowler #GMEU

Nov 21, 2017

Cleveland: I'll be teaching my "Advanced Legal Writing & Editing" seminar there on December 6. To register, go to .

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