A Dainty Dish to Set before the King: Plain Language and Legislation (2002)

One of the seminal points in the development of plain statutory language is the change from the imperative “shall” to “must.” Although apparently small, this has proved to be a key marker of the adoption of plain language legislation. Nick discussed how this shift helps us understand what is different about the way legislative language functions, and argued that such an understanding is necessary if drafters are to continue to pursue effectiveness and clarity.

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Nick Horn. A Dainty Dish to Set before the King: Plain Language and Legislation 2002. Web. 3 Mar. 2021 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/plain2/dish/dainty.pdf>
Nick Horn (2002). A Dainty Dish to Set before the King: Plain Language and Legislation. Retrieved March 3, 2021, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/plain2/dish/dainty.pdf
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