One Redeeming Quality About the 112th Congress: Refocusing on Descriptive Rather than Evocative Short Titles

Jones, Brian Christopher (2013) One Redeeming Quality About the 112th Congress: Refocusing on Descriptive Rather than Evocative Short Titles. Michigan Law Review First Impressions, 112. pp. 1-15.

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Abstract

For all intents and purposes the 112th Congress has been deemed a massive failure by most; fewer laws enacted and contemptuous debates characterized the session’s most lambasted qualities. However, one redeemable aspect was present: a focus back on descriptive and technical words for short titles, rather than evocative or tendentious terms. When compared to the 111th Congress, the use of evocative words slowed while the use of technical terms increased. This is the first time this has happened since the 101st-102nd Congress (1989-1993). Additionally, it is the largest separation between technical and evocative words since the 103rd Congress (1993-1995). Yet many things regarding short titles remained the same (frequency of use, length, and personalization). In a time of polarizing rhetoric over law and politics, however, an increase in technical short titles and a decrease in evocative short titles is a small, but significant, outcome. At the very least, it is one redeeming quality in regard to what is seemingly a universally loathed Congress.

Item Type: Article
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > Law
Depositing User: Brian Christopher Jones
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2016 14:31
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2016 14:38
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/474

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