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Plain English Day

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

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.

Read more: Jargon to ‘clean up’ crime

Web pages updated

We have updated our site. Hopefully you will find it easier to find what you are looking for.

If you can't find what you were looking for,  please contact the site administrator.

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Insurance against jargon

With the 30th Golden Bull Awards drawing near, Plain English Campaign is calling for people to nominate poorly written documents by both private and public organisations.

Read more: Insurance against jargon

Save our eyes, save our money

Savings accounts appear to have dropped in their public appeal along with some of the lowest interest rates. Details of the new Investment Savings Accounts guidelines seem to have thrown the public, and the high street branches of banks and building societies, into complete confusion. Plain English Campaign’s recent survey on the streets of Manchester revealed a number of people considering that lottery tickets, online poker games, eBay and even selling their antique china, to produce better returns from their investments.

Read more: Save our eyes, save our money

Plain English Campaign talking money at Wall Street

Plain English Campaign welcomes a banking specialist from the famous Wall Street of the United States of America to the lesser known Wall Street of Buxton. Sara Muñoz, journalist with the Wall Street Journal will arrive in Derbyshire, the home of plain English, to interview Chrissie Maher OBE and founder of Plain English Campaign about whether financial jargon was the cause of the credit crunch. You can read Sara Muñoz' article about Chrissie in the Wall Street Journal by following this link.

Read more: Plain English Campaign talking money at Wall Street

A dirty way to clean up

Plain English Campaign is sending the Keep Britain Tidy poster campaign straight to the bin where it belongs. The partly government-funded organisation of Keep Britain Tidy have chosen a poster campaign featuring sexual slang and innuendo as a way to promote health and environmental issues.

Read more: A dirty way to clean up

Paris-Orkney for Chernobyl Children's Lifeline

One of our trainers, Thorfinn Johnston, has just completed a sponsored cycle ride from Paris to Orkney to raise money for Chernobyl Children's Lifeline.

Read more: Paris-Orkney for Chernobyl Children's Lifeline

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