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Stop saying “upturn” when you mean overturn.

Chinua Asuzu

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Black’s Law Dictionary doesn’t even list “upturn.”

Appellate courts don’t “upturn” lower-court decisions.

Nor do subsequent courts “upturn” precedent-court decisions.

They may overturn them, however.

Black’s Law Dictionary, 11th ed., defines overturn as “To overrule or reverse.”

Regarding “upturn,” a literal word with little figurative potential, Black’s deems it ineligible for inclusion in a law dictionary.

Stop saying “upturn” when you mean overturn.
Stop saying “upturn” when you mean overturn.

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