Coming from a background in journalism, I think of legal writing as just another form of expository prose with a somewhat more specialized audience. So I apply the same standards to legal writing as any other writing: it must inform and entertain. This is heresy to some, but it’s the only way for me: how can you persuade someone if they tune you out because you’re boring? In a brief, I once referred to an insurer’s coverage position as the "Big Rock Candy Mountain" defense, explaining that the reference was to a hobo anthem by folksinger Woody Guthrie about a fantasy land where no one has any responsibility. The brief was very well received by a pretty tough judge.
So I was pleased to run across this dictionary of new slang and jargon in my Bloglines feeds. Check out some of the new words and phrases, and see if you might like to incorporate some of the following into your work product or everyday speech: "dinosaur wine," "rankism," "turkey peek," "peoplerazzi" and many others.