Plain English: It's the law

Baron, Dennis E debaron at ILLINOIS.EDU
Sat Feb 1 17:39:59 UTC 2014

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Plain English: It's the law

The Plain Writing Act of 2010<> seeks “to enhance citizen access to Government information and services by establishing that Government documents issued to the public must be written clearly,” and requires federal agencies to “use plain writing in every covered document of the agency that the agency issues or substantially revises.” Legislators could have said all that more clearly, with fewer words, and in the active voice, but they felt no need to follow the plain language guidelines the law calls for.

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Dennis Baron
Professor of English and Linguistics
Department of English
University of Illinois
608 S. Wright St.
Urbana, IL 61801

mobile: 217-840-0776
English Dept: 217-333-2390
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