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wordbook:terms:said_vs_the_said

‘said’ vs ‘the said’

The said. As used in legal writing, the word said is a Middle-English sibling aforesaid, having the sense “above-stated.” Originally legal writers would write the said defendant-and still do in BrE-just as they would write the aforesaid defendant or the above-stated defendant. In AmE, however, the was dropped before said, which has come to act almost as an article. Hence the said seems redundant to American ears, though it was well established at one time. It still occasionally appears in American cases, but more often in British ones: “J.W.T. had induced his wife to furnish him money with which to acquire the said [omit said] property.”/ “The transaction resulted in an exorbitant profit to the said [omit said] defendant.” (Eng.)
Garner, A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage, 2nd ed., p.779

In general

BrE: the said
AmE: said

wordbook/terms/said_vs_the_said.txt · Last modified: 2020/12/10 18:11 (external edit)