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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.

Read more: Web pages updated

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

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