International Plain Language Day 2021

This year is the tenth anniversary of International Plain Language Day! Kate Harrison-Whiteside and Cheryl Stephens started the day to celebrate and advocate for plain language around the world.

“Plain English is clear, straightforward expression, using only as many words as are necessary. It is language that avoids obscurity, inflated vocabulary and convoluted sentence construction. It is not baby talk, nor is it a simplified version of the English language.” – Robert Eagleson

With plain language your audience can find the information they need, understand what they find and use what they find to meet their needs. Effective plain language writing uses word choice, layout and design to communicate a clear message.

Here are some tips for writing in plain language:

The Decoda library has many resources on plain language and design that you can borrow today!

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