The use of plain language is actually the law in the United States. President Obama signed the Plain Writing Act of 2010 requiring federal agencies to use "clear Government communication that the public can understand and use." The website http://www.plainlanguage.gov provides resources & guidelines for federal agencies.
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Friday, January 27, 2012
Back in 1994, while plotting his takeover of the House, Gingrich circulated a memo on how to use words as a weapon. It was called 'Language: A Key Mechanism of Control.' Republicans were advised to use certain words in describing opponents — sick, pathetic, lie, decay, failure, destroy.
A proposed bill, sponsored by Representative Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) would require federal agencies to use plain language when creating new regulations. As reported by Occupational Safety and Health Reporter, organizations, such as small businesses, may become confused with the sometimes complicated language used in regulations. Braley says the goal of the bill is to simplify in hopes of "saving small businesses time and freeing up money that can be better used investing in growing the business and creating jobs." Braley goes on to say that the law is needed because the Plain Writing Act of 2010 does not apply to regulations.
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