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"Plain English"

 

Learn about the development of the "informal" trend in the language as a linguistic reflex of democratisation of the British society...

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George Orwell on Clarity in Language

 

Read George Orwell's influential essay "Politics and the English Language" that is frequently cited in introductory writing courses...

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Plain English Campaign

 

Learn about the ways in which this British pressure group strives to promote the use of plain English...

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A Short Course in Plain English

 

Take a few simple lessons in Plain English...

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Introduction to Doublespeak

 

Learn to spot doublespeak - creative euphemisms used by politicians, public officials and other people with something to hide...

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Life under the Chief Doublespeak Officer

 

In this short essay William Lutz, who has widely published on doublespeak, overviews different forms of business doublespeak...

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Doublespeak Proverb Quiz

 

Rescue familiar sayings from the clutches of doublespeak by translating them into plain and simple English...

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Upgrading Job Titles

 

Don't you find it strange that some people would rather have a grander job title than a pay rise?...

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Business Buzzwords Bingo (text, game & video)

 

Learn how to play business buzzword bingo in meetings to make the workplace human again...

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Business Buzzwords (video)

 

Learn how to sound as smart as your boss...

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Rumsfeld's "Unknown Unknowns" (video)

 

Learn about known unknowns and also unknown unknowns, the ones we don't know we don't know...

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Office Jargon (video)

 

Jonathan Gabay of www.gabaynet.com talks about jargon in the office...

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Why did the chicken cross the road?

 

Learn some answers to this famous joke riddle in plain and less plain English...

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Joey Writes a Letter

 

Guess who are referred to as "humid prepossessing homo sapiens with full sized aortic pumps" in Joey's recommendation letter...

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The 200 Banned Words

 

Read the list of 200 words that all public sector bodies should avoid when talking to people about the work they do and the services they provide...

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Council ordered to make sense!

 

Read a newspaper article about the pressure put on waffling Coventry City Council to use Plain English....

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