Plain English campaign news articles
Councils ignore plain English guidelines
- Created on Friday, 09 September 2016 15:53
You may recall recent Government guidelines that made plain English ‘mandatory for all of Gov.UK’. Well, it seems that ‘mandatory’ means different things to different councils.
A recent independent report looked closely at up to 100 pages on 191 local authority websites. The findings suggest that 82% of the information checked is ‘confusing readers by failing to use plain English’.
More beauty product nonsense
- Created on Wednesday, 31 August 2016 14:06
Have you ever bought a skin-care product after/despite hearing some impressive-sounding gobbledygook? The beauty product industry has seemingly always used hefty doses of waffle when marketing its creams, oils and ‘exfoliating’ gels.
But how many of the claims made about said products bear scrutiny? Unsurprisingly, very few.
Edinburgh open course
- Created on Friday, 29 July 2016 15:30
Our plain English course in Edinburgh on 15 September 2016 is now fully booked. However don’t worry, we have a new date booked for 7 December 2016.
Contact Terri Schabel on: 01663 744409 for more details or email her at email@example.com
Government Latin ban
- Created on Monday, 25 July 2016 14:27
The Government has taken the surprising step of banning Latin abbreviations from its websites.
So e.g., i.e. and etc will all soon be booted off GOV.UK pages, apparently because foreign readers find them ‘difficult to read’. A spokesman said the phrases could even confuse English speakers who were ‘under stress or in a hurry’.
We voted 'Leave' – what now?
- Created on Friday, 24 June 2016 12:28