What is plain language?

A communication is in plain language if its wording, structure, and design are so clear that the intended audience can easily find what they need, understand what they find, and use that information.

Source: International Plain Language Federation

Plain language is not:

  • Bureaucratese
  • Academese
  • Jargon-filled
  • Clunky
  • Puffed up
  • Convoluted
  • Meandering
  • Baby talk

Plain language is:

  • Everyday
  • Down-to-earth
  • Easy to understand
  • Clear
  • Modest
  • Organized
  • Direct
  • Concise

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