Plain English campaign news articles
Maddening instruction manuals
- Created on Thursday, 28 January 2010 16:07
Great guide or maddening manual?
Did you get a lovely new electronic gadget this Christmas? Have you bought one in the January sales?
Was the manual a masterpiece of instruction or did you give up the will to live on the second page?
Parking sign sins
- Created on Monday, 14 December 2009 14:15
The English language is often misused to aid and abet all manner of deceit, dubious money-making and generally dodgy behaviour. Parking tickets can be the stuff of fury and contention at the best of times, but misleading or evasive parking signs compound an already simmering issue.
Do you have any examples of confusing, deliberately vague or rage-inducing parking signs? If so, please send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will publish the best photos.
Plain English Day
- Created on Thursday, 26 November 2009 09:16
On Friday 10 December we will be celebrating Plain English Day from Manchester. We will be shredding examples of jargon and gobbledygook to commemorate the start of the campaign 31 years ago, and inviting members of the public to use our 'Jargon - I can't stick it' stickers to make sure that any jargon or gobbledygook they receive is returned to the sender with a request for plain English.
We will also be holding our 30th Annual Award ceremony to recognise the good examples of clear communications and expose the winning examples nominated by members of the public for our dreaded Golden Bulls.
We will reveal the winner of this year's infamous 'Foot in Mouth' award, given for a baffling comment from a well-known person, and our 'Kick-in-the-pants' award for an organisation that needs to get their act together to improve their communications.
The Plain English Campaign Annual Awards 2010 will be held in Manchester.
Jargon to ‘clean up’ crime
- Created on Thursday, 12 November 2009 15:01
Victim-support groups and members of the public are urging Plain English Campaign to tackle the kind of language, as used in a recent Metropolitan Police report, that appears to be used to 'clean up' crime. Detective Chief Inspector Yexley, author of the report, claims that the term 'gang rape' is too emotive and that 'multi-perpetrator rape' is more appropriate.