20 words to avoid – if you want to write in plain English

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.