Wednesday, February 20, 2013
'In Plain English, Please,' Infographics in three parts | Brian Scott, Garbl's Plain English Paragraphs
The Feb. 20 edition of my daily online paper, Garbl's Plain English Paragraphs, features Scott's three-part series of downloadable infographics that provide 162 plain English words or phrases that editors prefer over their "wordy" equivalents.
Scott encourages people to save the images to their computers and post them anywhere, from websites to blogs to Pinterest pages.
The three free, colorful charts provide advice like this:
Instead of this ... | Use this ...
in a timely manner | promptly
in light of the fact | because
in the event | if
it is recommended | we recommend
adjacent to | next to
by the time | when
made contact with | met
the manner in which | how
prior to | before
under the circumstances in which | when
in the month of July | in July.
Here are direct links to each infographic:
The latest edition of my online Plain English paper is available at the Plain Language tab above and by free email subscription.