THE WHITE HOUSE
June 1, 1998
MEMORANDUM FOR THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES
SUBJECT: Plain Language in Government Writing
"The Federal Government's writing must be in plain language. By using plain language, we send a clear message about what the Government is doing, what it requires, and what services it offers. Plain language saves the Government and the private sector time, effort, and money."
The Plain English Network
Plain language can be understood by YOUR reader at first reading. It doesn't mean writing for a certain grade level - it means organizing and writing for your reader. Writing in plain language saves time and money for writers and readers.
Introducing Plain Language
Plain language matches the needs of the reader with your needs as a writer, resulting in effective and efficient communication. It is effective because the reader can understand the message. It is efficient because the reader can read and understand the message the first time.
Plain language produces clear, concise, and readable documents
And then for no reason ,other than most writing is twaddle, here's a review of:
How Mumbo-jumbo Conquered the World:
A Short History of Modern Delusions
by Francis Wheen.
It's entitled: "Twaddle unswaddled".
Appropriate or not, it is fun to say.
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