The Needless Complexity of Academic Writing

A new movement strives for simplicity. BY VICTORIA CLAYTON, THE ATLANTIC — October 26, 2015 “Persistence is one of the great characteristics of a pitbull, and I guess owners take after their dogs,” says Annetta Cheek, the co-founder of the D.C.-based nonprofit Center for Plain Language. Cheek, an anthropologist by training who left academia in the early 1980s to work for the Federal Aviation Commission, is responsible for something few people realize exists: the 2010 Plain Writing Act. Read more […]

Plain Talking: Gobbledygook Costs Money and Risks Lives

BY CONOR POPE, THE IRISH TIMES — Needlessly complicated communication from pharmaceutical companies and medical professionals could be putting patients’ lives at risk, a conference on plain language taking place in Dublin has been told. The 10th International Plain Conference, which promotes clearer language among businesses and state organisations, heard that communication in the health sector was frequently a matter of life and death – and fear of litigation rather an attempt to communicate Read more […]