What is plain
Plain language is...
-Communication that your audience
or readers can understand the first time they hear or read it
-Clear, direct, and concise
Plain language is not...
-Dumbing down language or
talking down to the reader
-Stripping out the technical
-Just using pronouns and the
question and answer format
Credit: S. Hillebrand
116 FW 1, Plain Language in
Fish and Wildlife Service Documents
Department of the Interior
Plain Language Web site
Federal Government Plain Language
Krista Bibb, Division of
Policy and Directives Management
How can you make
your writing easier to understand?
Click here for a list of plain language tips
that you can review every time you start writing.
Why should you use plain language?
the public. We want them to understand what we say and what we write about.
We're busy people. We don't want to waste time trying to translate difficult,
Using plain language:
-Shows customer focus
between the Government and the public
-Reduces time spent
What can happen if
you don't use plain language?
don't use plain language, you may have to:
more phone calls
interpretive letters and emails
Last updated: April 17, 2014
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