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The U.S. Supreme Court Cites MSCD – Adams on Contract Drafting


In this post from last November, I noted that the U.S. Solicitor General had cited A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting in their brief in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court involving a dispute over an and, Pulsifer v. U.S. Well, two days ago the other shoe dropped: in their opinion in that case (here), the U.S. Supreme Court cites MSCD. (The dissent cites it too.)

I enjoyed that the court’s opinion cites both The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language and MSCD. Both works bear the mark of Rodney Huddleston. He’s co-author of CGEL, but in addition it’s thanks to him that MSCD‘s analysis of what I call “ambiguity of the part versus the whole” makes sense. (See this 2020 blog post for more about that.)

I also enjoyed finding out for myself that the court had cited me. I had thought they might, so every few weeks I’d check to see whether they had issued the opinion. When I checked last Friday, I realized that the opinion had been issued three hours previously, so I quickly found it, searched for “Adams”, then double and triple checked. 🙂

Regarding the implications of this opinion, go here for an NBC News item. This dispute serves as a reminder that ands matter!

Rizwan Ahmed
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