Plain Writing Act – at Last, a Law that Everyone Can Support

From Deborah S. Bosley, an associate professor of English at UNC Charlotte: Amid all the chaos around passage of the health care reform bill, the public missed an important bill that passed the House with a wide bipartisan vote of 386 to 33. This bill has 10 co-sponsors, including N.C. Reps. Mel Watt (D) and Virginia Foxx (R). Rep. Bruce Braley’s, D-Iowa, Plain Writing Act of 2010 (HR 946) requires the federal government to write all new publications, forms, and publicly distributed Read more […]

Untangling the Language: The vague and the verbose risk losses and lamentations

By Hannah Mitchell CHARLOTTE – Warren & Associates, a Charlotte real estate consulting firm, has lost some jobs simply because it didn’t clearly tell clients what it would do for them. Though the firm helps some of the region’s biggest players with market analysis, economic development and planning needs — customers include the city of Charlotte and Bank of America Community Development Banking — its written proposals sometimes would fall short. “We sent a proposal for a Read more […]