Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Vocabulary Lesson: IANAL

I mark my victorious return with a quick lesson. IANAL is an abbreviated way of saying I Am Not A Lawyer.

Typing "IANAL" saves the speaker time; it is frequently found on forums (as opposed to articles, blogs, or private chat), particularly when responding to a person seeking legal counsel and advice. The person would provide to abbreviation as protection before proffering advice.

IANAL but...[legal advice and opinion].
A similar disclosure is TINLA, This Is Not Legal Advice, though I see it less frequently.

Additional Resources:
IANAL and IDKWITA, Ask Metafilter
IANAL, Wikipedia

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