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Win some, lose some: Plain English triumphs and tribulations

November 25, 2014

We have to cut costs, fix our buildings and IT systems, and run an exhibition or two. This week is New Zealand's unofficial plain language week. On Thursday we'll celebrate the winners of the Writemark Plain English Awards, 2014. Top prize is for promoting clear communication throughout an entire organisation. That's not an easy job. Elsewhere, gobbledygook from government agencies continues to gush. The wells of snake oil never run dry. 

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Classic manual on plain language: Complete Plain Words by Ernest Gowers

November 24, 2014

Cover of Complete Plain Words, Ernest Gower, 1954

The Complete Plain Words is the UK equivalent of The Elements of Style. It is the biggest-ever bestseller from Her Majesty's Stationery Office, and has never been out of print since 1954.

The first edition in 1948 was a radical call to clarity from a top civil servant. Anything written by Sir Ernest Gowers, formerly Private Secretary to Lloyd George, had the ring of authority. 

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