12/6/17 The Difference between Verbal, Oral, and Unwritten

The Difference between Verbal Oral Unwritten

Verbal means “of words”; oral means “spoken.” In the best usage, verbal should not be used in place of oral to mean “unwritten” <verbal contract

[read unwritten contract]>, since writing and speech both comprise words. But it’s a common slip-up that legal writers seem especially prone to.