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Did Justice Antonin Scalia ever hesitate to hyphenate? He did not. AP file photo
Did Justice Antonin Scalia ever hesitate to hyphenate? He did not. AP file photo

Legal Writing Notebook: Scalia, phrasal-adjectival master hyphenator

We have heard many tributes to the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Some mourn the loss of his originalist jurisprudence, his influence on the Supreme Court, his memorable opinion-writing style, his stalwart conservatism. Me? Most of all, I’m going to miss his hyphenated phrasal adjectives. So let’s unpack those adjectives. As Steven Wilbers observes in “Mastering the ...

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