Accessed on June 20, 2005 at <http://www.askoxford.com/betterwriting/plainenglish/?view=print>.
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What is plain English?
Plain English refers to:
the writing and setting out of essential information in a way that gives a co-operative, motivated person a good chance of understanding the document at first reading, and in the same sense that the writer meant it to be understood.
This means pitching the language at a level of sophistication that suits the readers and using appropriate structure and layout to help them navigate through the document. It does not mean always using simple words at the expense of the most accurate words or writing whole documents in kindergarten language.
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