Plain Language

Karin Cather

By Karin Cather

Plain Language is Not For Dummies

Plain Language is Not For Dummies

What is plain language? It's what you use to communicate effectively when there is a high price for ambiguity. It's what you use when you have complicated information to convey to busy people who don't have the time for gibberish. It's language that is free of jargon...

Plain Language is Not For Dummies

@Altgov Resistance Accounts

I've taken a look at some of these altgov Twitter accounts to give a brief review of what they're doing. The courageous men and women running these accounts are engaging in unprecedented level of bipartisan resistance by transmitting information to the public that...

Plain Language is Not For Dummies

Clarity and Pronouns: Let It Go

The death of one animal went viral this summer. A lion was tortured to death and mutilated for fun by a dentist from Minnesota. But what does this have to do with language? With editing? Plenty. The object of writing is to convey the author’s intended message to their...

Plain Language is Not For Dummies

Plain Language and Radioactive Language

Simple language creates trust, saves time, and prevents confusion. There’s a whole body of law devoted to the issue of ambiguity in contracts, and those contracts were drafted by lawyers. Nevertheless, some of them are so ambiguous that they give rise to expensive...

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