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How to Tell the Difference Between Libel and Slander

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Use libel when you are referring to defamatory comments that are written.

Use slander when you are referring to defamatory comments that are spoken. Hope you've got them on tape or some watertight witnesses!

Avoid saying verbal slander because you don't need to say it to be clear!

Remember this tip if you're having trouble keeping the two separate in your mind. Think of the "s" for "slander" and the "s" for spoken and you're set!

Tips

  • If you are the subject of libel or slander, remember that it is always easier to prove the printed word rather than the spoken; hence the need for watertight witnesses, or an actual recording etc., if you're pursuing slander. Good luck!