Plain English campaign news articles
Apostrophes are in the news again
- Created on Friday, 20 February 2015 09:44
Cambridge City Council recently reversed its decision to do away with apostrophes on all street signs. Local residents had taken to adding them with marker pens, and the story became much bigger (and much more embarrassing) than expected. So apostrophes made a welcome comeback.
The push for plain language
- Created on Monday, 16 February 2015 11:48
We're naturally keen to promote the widespread use of plain English. But that's not where our interest in clear communication ends. We also understand the vital need for plain language worldwide.
While that can often involve using plain English, communicating clearly in a variety of languages is something we've always been keen to help to establish.
- Created on Friday, 13 February 2015 16:30
Do you have any examples of clichéd speech or writing you can share with us? We'd love to see them. A few years ago we ran a poll to find the nation's least favourite clichés. We want to see what clichés infuriate most in 2015.
- Created on Friday, 13 February 2015 16:21
Do you have any examples of management speak you can share with us? We'd love to see them. We want to create an up-to-date list of the absolute worst management speak.
We're regularly sent terrible examples of such speech or written communication, and celebrate the worst of it each year. However, the constantly replenished stream of business gibberish demands an up-to-date list (which we will update regularly) of the worst terms.
Foot in Mouth awards
- Created on Friday, 13 February 2015 16:01
Each year we celebrate the worst gaffe by a public figure with our 'Foot in Mouth' award.
And, we have always managed to find a worthy winner. Last year, Russell Brand couldn't be overlooked. The year before, Mitt Romney could've won for any one of a dozen howlers. Looking further back, the likes of John Prescott, George Bush and Silvio Berlusconi have pretty much selected themselves.