What words are ‘plain English’ and what words are not? The basic rule is to use everyday words that your target audience is familiar with.
When you’re not sure if a word is plain, try using it in an ordinary sentence.
Would you say: ‘The meeting commenced at 9am’ or ‘The meeting started at 9am’?
Using everyday words makes your writing easier – and quicker – for everyone to read.
All workers on a construction site need to understand safety information. Risks of an incident rise can if people struggle to read safety documentation.
Plain English means writing so that all users can understand the first time they read it.
Following these ten tips can help you to write clearly and effectively.
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Have you ever wished it was easy to understand a tax form or social welfare rules? Well, you may soon get your wish.
All government departments will have to write to the public in plain English (or Irish) after the Plain Language Bill 2019 is passed.
Under the new data protection regulation (GDPR), all companies or organisations which use customers’ personal information, must explain how they process this data.
GDPR also requires that all information provided is concise, transparent, intelligible and easily accessible. Using plain English can help customers to understand quickly and easily.
Our tips and examples can help . . .
Many minute-takers try to note everything down in a meeting – and then spend hours writing up notes onscreen as they try to work out what should go into the finished minutes. Here are some tips to help minute-takers capture the salient points during the meeting . . .
Congratulations to the HSE, which has recently launched Communicating Clearly – guidelines to show staff how they can use plain English. It covers ways to make all writing more readable, such as using ordinary words where possible or, where that’s not possible, to clearly explain the jargon or technical terms. Take a look at an extract . . .
Do you detest ‘touch base’? Or is it ‘blue sky thinking’ that makes you want to scream? A survey by job site Glassdoor found that the most hated jargon phrases included ‘run it up the flagpole’ and ‘game changer’. Sometimes,…
It can be hard to know how to change the writing culture of a whole organisation – but a new book can help. ‘Rewrite, How to overcome daily sabotage of your brand and your profit’ shows how adopting plain English can affect your bottom line and it gives practical solutions for change. Available at www.rewritebook.com