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Councils ignore plain English guidelines

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’.

Read more: Councils ignore plain English guidelines

More beauty product nonsense

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.

Read more: More beauty product nonsense

Edinburgh open course

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 terri.schabel@plainenglish.co.uk

Government Latin ban

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’.

Read more: Government Latin ban

We voted 'Leave' – what now?

The votes are counted and the UK has voted out of the European Union. Scaremongering campaigns and spin aside, what does the decision actually mean?
 
Here’s a plain English guide to some key issues.
 

Read more: We voted 'Leave' – what now?

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