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Freakonomics » Credit-Card Agreements as Literature

Roberta Torian, a lawyer who writes credit-card contracts, explains how simpler language can make the agreements longer: “Because there are terms such as ‘herein.’ ‘As set forth herein.’ If I’m not going to use herein I have to say, ‘as set forth in this agreement.’ So I now have three words where I had one.”  Torian also explains that she has to state even obvious concepts: “Roberta says that if she doesn’t write ‘you have to pay us back,’ borrowers may try to get out of paying their bill.”

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