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2018 open courses

Our 2017 courses are now fully booked. Bookings for 2018 are now being taken and courses are already starting to fill up. You can view course dates here.

Phone 01663 744 409 and ask for Terri, or email her at info@plainenglish.co.uk.

Discounts available for corporate members, group bookings and charities.

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Latest news:-

A contact form is not email

When we assess websites for the Internet Crystal Mark, we check whether your contact details are sufficient. We expect to see:-

  • a street address
  • a telephone number
  • an email address

as a bare minimum.

We have noticed a trend for websites to have a contact form instead of an email address. (Often labelled as email on the contact page.)

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2018 diploma course

Our first diploma course in 2018 will take place on 21 and 22 February in London. Limited places available.

Phone 01663 744 409 and ask for Terri, or email her at info@plainenglish.co.uk.

Child-friendly Facebook T&Cs

The children’s commissioner for England, Anne Longfield, has produced ‘child-friendly’ plain English versions of Facebook’s terms and conditions.

We’ve often highlighted the need to simplify online terms and conditions on platforms such as Instagram and YouTube. Many users of those sites probably still don’t realize how their images and footage might be used once posted online.

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Hurricane of misinformation

Right-wing media representatives in the US have been rightly criticised for peddling dangerous misinformation about Hurricane Irma.

“There is a desire to advance this climate change agenda,” suggested Rush Limbaugh. “And hurricanes are one of the fastest and best ways to do it.”

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Summer 2017 issue of Plain English magazine

Summer 2017 issue of Plain English magazine now published and available for download.

Issue 87
(Summer 2017)
Issue 87

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Yet more obvious jargon

Every so often we see a list of ‘most hated jargon terms’ and job website Glassdoor have provided the latest. There are many (sadly) familiar terms on there. ‘Touch base’, ‘Blue-sky thinking’, and ‘Thought shower’, to name three, continue to thrive among office dullards.

Why are these awful terms so enduring? We think there are two main reasons.

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To be clear, or not to be...

We regularly bang on about lengthy terms and conditions, in the hope that they’ll eventually disappear. But instead, they seem to be getting longer and more and more absurd.
 
Amazon is the latest culprit. Their Kindle terms and conditions are 73,198 words long. If you wanted to read them, it would take you about 9 hours – but why would you, or anyone, bother?
 

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Legal rulings judged 'overlong'

For many years we’ve struggled to influence the language of the courts. Legal language is still very much how it’s always been – largely archaic, Latin-heavy and pretty much impenetrable to non-experts.
 
There’s never been a justifiable excuse for this – just as there’s absolutely no reason why barristers and solicitors don’t use plain English rather than language very few can understand. But perhaps changes are finally afoot.
 

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The Internet Crystal Mark – why you need one

A website that puts obstacles in front of its audience is not doing its job properly. Get rid of any on your website, and get our Crystal Mark accreditation to boot.

Obviously, easy-to-understand text is very important. But what if that text is badly laid out, difficult to read or hard to find?

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