Plain English campaign news articles
Calling for your government gobbledygook!
- Created on Thursday, 12 March 2009 17:58
Tax returns, benefit claim forms, passport forms - all government documents created to help us..... or drive us mad!
We want your good, bad and downright ugly examples of government documents.
Liverpool well-rooted in plain English
- Created on Tuesday, 03 February 2009 16:20
Public viewing of the exhibition will take place from Tuesday 21 October. Plain English Campaign are encouraging the school leavers and young people of Liverpool to use plain English to communicate and refresh their language skills with free training sessions during the week.
We are also running a competition for young people in Liverpool to create a song, poem or piece of prose about their rights to clear communication.
The event recognises and applauds the efforts of the people of Liverpool in building what has become a worldwide cause. Giving the public the right to information they can understand and act upon for assist their daily lives was a fight that started almost 30 years ago with the UK’s first community newspaper in Tuebrook and now more people everywhere, are empowered by refusing to deal with jargon and gobbledygook.
Chrissie Maher, OBE and founder of the campaign sends this message to the people of Liverpool, in particular our next generation, “Never let anyone take your rights away by blinding you with words. We all have a responsibility to do our best to understand, that’s why the basics of education are so vital. Those people telling you that spelling doesn’t matter, they have jobs. Don’t let them fool you into thinking that gobbledygook will hide their own ignorance and mistakes – the credit crunch has shown what lack of understand and unclear communications can do. Let’s arm ourselves with solid, plain speaking, that’s something in which the people of Liverpool are well rooted.”
Plain English Campaign have a “Spelling is Important” petition running on their website for all people to add their voice. This will be presented at the Houses of Parliament on 1 July 2009.
Who has the right to write the rites, Dr Wright or Dr Smith?
- Created on Tuesday, 03 February 2009 16:17
Commenting from the campaign’s headquarters in Derbyshire, Chrissie said “It sickens me to consider we would allow anyone the liberty to destroy our heritage just because they are fed up with seeing it misused. Instead do something about it, deal with the real problem, stop the rot! Put it right from the start. How can we expect children to learn basic spelling and grammar if senior educationalists are saying it doesn’t matter? It’s absolute madness.”
Dr Smith, a lecturer in criminology at Buckinghamshire New University, suggested that students and lecturers should be ‘given a break’ and allow misspellings of words such as ‘judgment’, ‘twelfth’, and ‘embarrassed’.
Plain English Campaign, which fights for clear communication in all public documents, recently criticised the news that spelling mistakes and grammatical errors were resulting in higher marks in Standard Assessment Tests (SATs).
Tesco's checkout signs
- Created on Wednesday, 28 January 2009 14:17
Over the last few days there has been a lot of press coverage about Tesco's new checkout signs. Some of this coverage suggested that the retailer chose the wording of their new signs based on our recommendation. However, this is not the case.
Wells blasted by supporters of good spelling
- Created on Wednesday, 28 January 2009 14:13
Chrissie Maher OBE, founder of Plain English Campaign has come out with all guns blazing at the Spelling Society, following comments made by its president John Wells. On Tuesday he said that the ‘apostrophe is a waste of time’, and that there are more important things to do than worry about correct spelling.