April 22, 2010

In plain English

On the subject of the English language. Marketplace program had an interesting segment about a non-profit center called the Center for Plain Language. The mission of the center is to make sure we use simple, understandable and actionable language in our conversations.

I am sure we have all seen this before - the use of dense verbiage while writing. Lawyers have been guilty of it, doctors relish it; hell even I love long-winded sentences. If you live in the US, you would have seen a lot more of this because of the need to be politically correct all the time. It is about time, we thought beyond the need to be absolutely politically correct, and instead gave language the greater attention it deserves.

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