A blupete Essay

Judicial Writing, Part 10 to blupete's Essay
"On Judges"

Cardozo, again:
"As I search the archives of my memory, I seem to discern six types or methods [of judicial writing] which divide themselves from one another with measurable distinctness. There is the type magisterial or imperative; the type laconic or sententious; the type conversational or homely; the type refined or artificial, smelling of the lamp, verging at times upon preciosity or euphuism; the type demonstrative or persuasive; and finally the type tonsorial or agglutinative, so called from the shears and the pastepot which are its implements and emblem."14
At this junction, a few definitions are in order:

  • Preciosity:-
    - Extreme meticulousness or overrefinement.

  • Euphuism:-
    - An affectedly elegant literary style, characterized by elaborate alliteration, antitheses, and similes; affected language.

  • Tonsorial:-
    - Of or pertaining to a barber or to barbering.

  • Agglutination:-
    - The process of agglutinating; adhesion of distinct parts; In linguistics, the formation of words from morphemes that retain their original forms and meanings with little change during the combination process.

  • Morpheme:-
    - The smallest meaningful morphological unit of language, one that cannot be analysed into smaller forms.

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