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Stop this EU nonsense now!

The EU is moving further and further away from Plain English, according to European Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly.

Her survey scathingly concludes that, not only is English misused and abused in the ‘Brussels Bubble’, it's been mangled and re-appropriated to the extent that it's now akin to a unique ‘sub dialect’.

O'Reilly, appointed by Parliament to oversee exactly how The European Union goes about its day-to-day business, is highly critical of the implications of what’s happening to English in the “bubble” in question. Mainly, that it’s at a far remove from largely proper use or corrective influence, and prone to the same kind of abuse and misuse that has meant that most types of business English, for example, are often nonsensical.

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Travel/house insurance issues? Let us know.

We’re well aware of underhand tactics regarding jargon-riddled payment schemes, deliberate pension confusion and general deception when it comes to your money.

And, in light of the first findings from the Financial Conduct Authority’s probe into travel and house insurance claims handling, we want to underline yet further examples of dodgy dealing.

Read more: Travel/house insurance issues? Let us know.

Crystal Mark holder to appear on National TV

The Will Writing Company Ltd (WWC), who were the first legal services company in the UK to gain Plain English Campaign’s Crystal Mark for the clarity of their Will precedents, are appearing on national TV in March.

Read more: Crystal Mark holder to appear on National TV

Jargon irritates Midlanders

Almost a third of people canvassed in the Midlands are not only bothered by the use of jargon but 'cringe' when they use it.

That’s amongst the findings of a recent survey, which also found that 94% of those questioned in the East Midlands think 'we use too much jargon', with a small number using jargon to appear 'more professional'.

The 'buzz-words' in question – including 'leveraging' and 'blue-sky thinking' – are far from on the wane in offices and boardrooms across the Midlands. But at least there’s a suggestion among these findings that some of those employing the terms are becoming aware of how hollow they are.

Our very own Steve Jenner suggested as much on this recent ITV News appearance.

Plain English awards announced

The Plain English awards for 2013 have now been announced. Go to our awards page to see the winners, both good and bad.

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