Want to know more about plain English? Here are some useful blog posts that explore what plain English is and why it’s important.
You’ll also find practical resources to help you get to grips with writing in plain English, or to use when running training sessions on the plain English approach to copywriting.
- Government Digital Service blog – Clarity is king: a quick overview of the evidence on why simple writing is more effective.
- Oxford Dictionaries blog – Keep calm, and say it plainly: learn more about the ‘rules’ of writing in plain English, with examples.
- The Guardian’s Mind Your Language blog on corporate jargon: an entertaining look at why we need to ditch jargon in favour of plain English.
- The Plain English Campaign’s A-Z of alternative words and How to write in plain English guides: practical resources which are especially useful if you’re new to the concept of plain English or planning a training session that will cover plain English (also available as PDFs).
- Crocstar blog – Why plain English is better when writing for digital: Christine Cawthorne makes an excellent case for why plain English is the best approach for online copy.
- ABC Copywriting blog – Plain English Patrol: Tom Albrighton’s series of posts give examples of writing that definitely fails the plain English test and offers up new, improved versions to show how it should be done.
- Steven Pinker – The Source of Bad Writing: writing in The Wall Street Journal, Steven Pinker argues that the ‘curse of knowledge’ can lead writers to assume their readers know everything they know.
What blog posts or other resources would you add to my list? Have you written anything on the topic of plain English that we’d all be fools not to read? Let me know in the comments.