Clearly, this is Blatantly Obvious

I was searching for an old post at Wayne Scheiss’s legal-writring blog and accidentally ran across this nugget from 2005 on use of the word “blatant”:

I’m starting to put it in the same category as “clearly” and “obviously.” It does not persuade. It only draws attention to itself as an effort to sound persuasive. Anytime a word draws attention to itself, it’s not good. And the attention it draws is therefore usually negative attention. I won’t use it in my writing.


  1. I think a judge I worked for on the third circuit while in law school said it best, “the term clearly usually precedes the weakest portion of any argument in a brief.”

  2. I recently received a brief that used the word “facund.” It means eloquent, more or less, but the word sort of jumped off the page and I had to quit reading the brief to go look it up. Then I was just annoyed that the writer had used such an intrusive word (and not impressed).

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