Before you get all huffy about the title of this post, let me just say that I'm married to an English major, some of my best friends are English majors, and I myself declared a English major for three years running before finally noticing that I had a whole lot more history credits than English credits. So, don't shoot the messenger -- English majors have fallen way, way out of favor, according to this op-ed in the this Sunday's New York Times, "The Decline and Fall of the English Major." Why should lawyers care? I buy this rationale from the piece:
Writing well used to be a fundamental principle of the humanities, as essential as the knowledge of mathematics and statistics in the sciences. But writing well isn’t merely a utilitarian skill. It is about developing a rational grace and energy in your conversation with the world around you.
Here's to more rational grace and energy, and less imprecision, repetition, and general incoherence.