In the US there has been a lot of concern--on the part of both the general public and the courts--about form contracts with dreaded so-called "fine print." People simply will not and do not read these contracts--and if they did
read them, they would not understand what they have just read. Instead, (if they really want to purchase whatever product the contract concerns) they simply sign the contract and hope for the best. Then, if things turn out poorly for them, they have two basic choices: either face the fact that they have essentially been swindled (and take their losses accordingly), or else begin the unbelievably expensive--and unpredictable--process of litigation.
When I draft a contract, I want to make the language exceedingly clear, so that there is no reasonable basis for litigating it. And, as a general proposition, the more (unnecessary) words, the greater chance for some sort of ambiguity that can be made the basis for litigation.
Of course, the language we were initially discussing here--"hereinafter
referred to as"--is not the sort of thing that is going to cause litigation. It is really a matter of style and preference. My only point about "hereinafter" is that (according to my style and preference) the last three words ("referred to as") are not necessary. I would not use those three words.
But if the opposing attorney insisted that those three words be used, I would relent, because using those extra words won't change the meaning; they will just make the contract (unnecessarily) longer--which will be of little consequence unless there are many such terms that need to be so defined.
I am not for concision that renders a contract (or other text) unclear. But I am for concision that enables clarity and precludes ambiguity.
PS re #11.
What do you have against my position? Is my perception correct that, given the choice, you generally will prefer more, rather than fewer, words?
IMO, more words are sometimes necessary--but, generally, using more words is not better than using fewer, better-chosen words.