The next time you’re wading through legalese and grumbling about lawyers who refuse to use plain language, just remember: it could be a lot worse, my friend.

See the documents above? Aren’t they stunning? They’re actually imperial decrees–legal documents–that date from the Ottoman era. See the swooshes on the central document? That’s the text of the decree. Imagine trying to decipher that. Those Ts & Cs don’t look so bad now, do they?