Writing Topics: Plain English

Google’s new Terms of Service


Google have had a lot of flak from privacy campaigners and even the EU for their new Terms of Service, which came into effect on 1 March. More interesting for Clarity is that they’ve made a big effort to use simple language and avoid legalese. They’ve also included links to explain technical terms in plain […]

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Stone the cows


After listening to Radio 4’s day of gripping readings from the King James Bible on Sunday, I feel like taking a potshot at one of today’s sacred cows: plain English. Here’s the essayist Joseph Addison, writing three hundred years ago in the Spectator about a visit to the Royal Exchange: “This grand Scene of Business […]

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Words that should be banned: facilitate


[This entry originally appeared on Clare Lynch’s blog, goodcopybadcopy] I can honestly say that I can think of no possible situation in which I would find the need to use the word “facilitate”. It’s got far too many syllables, for a start.

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