Question of the Week

What were the top legal words of 2017?

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After Dictionary.com named “complicit” its legal word of 2017, someone asked legal journalist Robert Ambrogi what he considered to be the legal technology word of the year. (His eventual answer in his Above the Law column: Blockchain.) Ken Bresler of Massachusetts Weekly (via Clear Writing Co.) published a list of notable legal words and phrases of 2017—among them “sanctuary city” and “dreamer” (as someone who might benefit from DREAM Act legislation).

This week, we’d like to ask you: What are the biggest legal words of 2017? What words have you said or read or heard endlessly in 2017 that scarcely crossed your mind in 2016?

Answer in the comments.

Read the answers to last week’s question: Which colleagues and clients do you buy gifts for?

Featured answer:

Posted by smartone22: “I never send gifts to clients or professional colleagues (e.g., referral sources, contacts, etc.)—I send all of them an office holiday card. For those in my office share, I typically buy a gift card (Bed Bath & Beyond, Macy’s, etc.) for administrative staff ranging from $50 to $100, and for attorneys I will send or bring them a gift: either wine, or a gift basket containing food or snacks—cookies, brownies, biscotti, popcorn, assorted nuts, etc.”

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