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  Plain Geology
Plain geology needs little defining, and I may state my case best by trying to set forth the reasons why we have strayed so far away from the simple type.
The chief purpose of words is to convey thoughts, and unless the wavelengths of the words are right the receiving apparatus will utterly fail to pick up the thoughts.
To his clients or his dupes who are weak in geological knowledge these long and unusual words are impressive and serve his purpose, but to those who have had the advantage of special training and experience his use of geologic terms at once exposes his true character.
pubs.usgs.gov /gip/plain.html   (2236 words)

 Introducing Plain Language   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Plain language matches the needs of the reader with your needs as a writer, resulting in effective and efficient communication.
Plain language writing is an approach to writing that helps us make our writing clear and simple and more accessible to readers.
Plain language writing is not a few rules on grammar and sentence structure.
www.web.net /~plain/PlainTrain/IntroducingPlainLanguage.html   (275 words)

 Answering the Critics of Plain Language
Plain English is the style of Abraham Lincoln, and Mark Twain, and Justice Holmes, and George Orwell, and Winston Churchill, and E.B. White.
Plain language lays bare the ambiguities and uncertainties and conflicts that traditional style tends to hide.
See Plain English and the Law, supra note 2, at 29-33 (illustrating the problem of "unnecessary concepts"); Kimble, supra note 1, at 17 (illustrating "the self-defeating overprecision and overelaboration that legal documents are so prone to").
www.blm.gov /nhp/main/regtest/kimble.html   (8380 words)

 PlainTrain - Plain Language Online Training - Digest
Plain language is an approach to communication that begins with the needs of the reader.
Plain language writing emphasizes the use of the clearest words possible to describe actions, objects and people.
That often means choosing a two-syllable word over a three-syllable one, an old familiar term instead of the latest bureaucratic expression and sometimes, several clearer words instead of one complicated word.
www.plainlanguagenetwork.org /plaintrain/digest.html   (4045 words)

 Plain Words - Writers' Forum - The Documentation & Training People™
All delegates who participate in Plain Words Writing Skills courses are invited to join the Writers’ Forum.
Organisations that join the Plain Words Society also have access to an exclusive area of the Forum that gives you a mine of useful information on writing best practices.
If your organisation has joined the Plain Words Society as a corporate member you are entitled, as an employee, to access the Forum and the exclusive information library.
www.techauthor.org.uk   (308 words)

 Joe Kimble, Principles of Plain Language   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Joe Kimble, a law professor and a major force in plain language in the United States, published this October 2002 article, The Elements of Plain Language, in the Michigan Bar Journal.
In most sentences, put the subject near the beginning; keep it short and concrete; make it something the reader already knows about; and make it the agent of the action in the verb.
Avoid legal jargon: stuffy old formalisms (Now comes; In witness whereof); here-, there-, and where- words (hereby, therein, wherefore); unnecessary Latin (arguendo, inter alia); and all the rest (and/or, provided that, pursuant to, the instant case).
www.plainlanguage.gov /whatisPL/definitions/Kimble.cfm   (820 words)

 Words of war, phrases that frighten - smh.com.au
Words are what, among the great apes, make us the smartest.
Words are either our friends or our destroyers; they cannot be fair-weather friends, they are one or the other.
It would be nice to get words back where they should be, in bed, as it were, with their meanings, and I'm sure we'll get them there some day.
www.smh.com.au /articles/2002/09/23/1032734113890.html   (470 words)

 HIPAAction - How to Write Privacy Notices in Plain English
Common words are better known to the public and are often shorter.
Some words and phrases may be both a category and concept depending on the context.
This thesaurus of plain language privacy words and phrases is designed to help you write HIPAA notices that will be more readable and understandable.
www.hipaadvisory.com /action/privacy/Plain.htm   (4067 words)

 Use Old Words When Writing for Findability (Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox)
Thus, users are likely to employ old words when they boil down their problem to a search query, which is typically only 2-3 words long.
In full-text content, you can include new words for effect, but make sure to supplement them with legacy words -- that is, words that your customers know and use in everyday business practice.
Use old words and you'll be that step ahead of the competition and their useless new words.
www.useit.com /alertbox/search-keywords.html   (916 words)

 Plain Language: Joe Kimble, Answering the Critics   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Third, plain language is not subverted by the need to use professional terms of art.
Fourth, plain language is not just about plain words and short sentences.
In a variety of empirical studies and in the experience of many companies and agencies, plain language has proved to be better than traditional style in many ways.
www.plainlanguage.gov /whyPL/arguments_in_favor/criticisms.cfm   (368 words)

 Treatment, Location and or Condition
The words "treatment," "location," and/or "condition" that appear in paragraph of 50 United States Code Section 435 Note (referred to as the McCain Bill) that defines the class of information to which the public disclosure requirement is applicable.
The words themselves are not further defined in the statute.
When we encounter the word dead, and it is clearly used in the context of a previously known status, as in a compilation listing casualties, then the reference may stand without application of the PNOK release rule.
www.dtic.mil /dpmo/family_support_info/tlc.htm   (622 words)

 Editor Software - Plain English Writing Examples - Regulations
It means putting yourself in your readers’ place and questioning how well you’ve structured and written the regulation to meet their needs.
To get a representative average, the minimum document length for the statistics is around 200 words.
Plain Language Examples - Examples of before-and-after plain English writing.
www.editorsoftware.com /plain-english/writing-examples/regulations.htm   (491 words)

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Plain language matches the needs of the reader with your needs as a writer, leading to effective, efficient communication.
Instead of: Subsequent to the passage of the subject ordinance, it is incumbent upon you to advise your department to comply with it.
Use sex-neutral terms by avoiding words that suggest maleness is the norm, superior or positive and that femaleness is nonstandard, subordinate or negative.
www.metrokc.gov /exec/styleguide/plain/plainguide.doc   (4357 words)

 Plain English Exercises   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
When business writers substitute inflated, obscure, and ambiguous phrases like "personal analog temporal displacement monitor" and "environmental hygienist" for plain, simple words like "clock" and "janitor," they end up wasting an appreciable amount of the time and energy of their readers.
In recent years serious attempts have been made by both the federal government and various state legislatures to promote the use of plain English in business contexts.
For example, a number of laws requiring businesses to write contracts and publish warranties in language comprehensible to the average reader have been passed.
www.westwords.com /guffey/plain_ebc6.html   (231 words)

 Plain Words - Writing Training. Helping companies to communicate better - The Documentation & Training People™
Plain Words is a specialist documentation and training company.
Opportunity to gain a professional qualification in business writing or bid writing from the UK’s foremost business and technical writing company (Plain Words Diploma in Business Writing; Plain Words Diploma in Bid Writing).
Free membership of the Plain Words Writers’ Forum where you can get answers to English usage questions or advice on good communication techniques.
www.plainwords.co.uk /training.html   (488 words)

 The Social Affairs Unit - Web Review: A Sandcastle Against a Tsunami: Sir Ernest Gowers' Plain Words: A Guide to ...
This is a review of the 1948 original: there was a sequel called The ABC of Plain Words in 1951 and the two were combined into The Complete Plain Words in 1954.
Nor should you eschew words of Latin origin in favour of Saxon equivalents (which John Kennedy's speech-writers were later instructed to do).
The word offends some purists, but I do not see why it should, provided that its mesmeric influence is kept in check.
www.socialaffairsunit.org.uk /blog/archives/001180.php   (2254 words)

 The Plain Sense Of Scripture   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The golden rule of interpretation is: "When the plain sense of Scripture makes common sense, seek no other sense; therefore, take every word at its primary, ordinary, usual, literal meaning unless the facts of the immediate context, studies in the light of related passages and axiomatic and fundamental truths, indicate clearly otherwise.
The physician’s words "make common sense," and there is need to "take every word at its primary, ordinary, usual, literal meaning" because they make "plain sense" in light of the histories of nations, groups, and individuals.
However, God’s Words were not written to "scholars," but to all men in "plain words," and, especially, to those with the indwelling Holy Spirit.
www.deanburgonsociety.org /KJBible/sense.htm   (2578 words)

 LLRX -- Plain Language in Law
A judge's attitude to plain language by The Honourable Mr.
Plain Language Law Newsletter (free bimonthly) from Law and Justice Foundation of New South Wales (http://www.lawfoundation.net.au/information/pll/index.html)
Jettison words and phrases on the left and use those on the right.
www.llrx.com /features/plainlanguage.htm   (1787 words)

 Good With Words - Ingrid Sapona   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
In business, being good with words isn’t about using clever phrases or catchy buzzwords.
By using plain words and by organizing information with care, even complex or technical information can be made understandable.
We are good with words – and with clients – and we can help you achieve your communication goals.
www.goodwithwords.com /index.htm   (95 words)

 The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Editorial
These words might have been uttered in a low tone, but their meaning is far reaching as well as painful.
The plain fact was that the other universities had been moving with the times and Panjab University had not been doing so.
In plain words, no one was interested in nor was a system devised for raising funds from the public and the old alumni in particular.
www.tribuneindia.com /2003/20030725/edit.htm   (5513 words)

 Deep in the Game: In Plain Words   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Edit: Oh, yeah, and what I'm saying with it is that the GM DOESN'T get the choice to NOT do this, except in brief cut aways for exposition purposes to foreshadow something that will do this.
In other words, the GM has to pick one, there's no option to veer from it.
Problem really was I had no words for what I was attempting, no idea why it was failing, no idea how to make it work.
bankuei.blogspot.com /2005/12/in-plain-words.html   (821 words)

 Plain Words - Freelance Writer New Zealand
Plain Words' Blog on copywriting and Web marketing
Plain Words provides writing solutions that make you look professional and credible.
Plain Words, 64 Farm Road, Ashburton, New Zealand, Phone: 03 308 8860.
www.plainwords.co.nz   (149 words)

 BidWorker: Bid, Proposal Document Writing and Creation System from Plain Words
Plain Words’ Bid and Proposal Consultancy Service does just that.
Our bid writers act as professional back-up to ensure your proposals are completed to deadline and are of the highest quality (something that can slip when you are under pressure).
Plain Words offers a full training and accreditation programme that leads to the Plain Words Diploma in Bid Writing.
www.bidworker.com   (1241 words)

 Place Words Carefully/Plain Language Action & Info Network   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
How you place words in relation to each other can greatly affect your document.
In the example below, it is difficult for the reader of the old style provision to figure out which words relate to the forest products, which relate to the tribe, and which relate to the payments.
As you write, place your words with care to avoid possible misinterpretations or muddied meanings.
www.blm.gov /nhp/NPR/handbk_16.html   (261 words)

 AskOxford: Plain English
It is twenty-five years since Martin Cutts, director of the Plain Language Commission, conceived the original Plain English Campaign and co-founded it with a public shredding of official forms in Parliament Square on 26 July 1979.
It does not mean always using simple words at the expense of the most accurate words or writing whole documents in kindergarten language.
Use clear layout to present your plain words in an easily accessible way.
www.askoxford.com /betterwriting/plainenglish   (308 words)

 Reviews: Pocket Fowler; the Plain English Guide
There’s actually much good advice in the Third Edition, though most is delicately worded as observation rather than instruction.
But the emphasis on the historical development of the language and on describing rather than prescribing usage means that its value as a practical guide is less than many either wanted or expected.
Its twenty chapters cover the essence of good plain writing and the list of chapter topics is worth pinning up as a memory jogger: Prefer plain words, Favour the active voice, Use vigorous verbs, Prefer the positive to the negative, Use non-sexist language, and so on.
www.worldwidewords.org /reviews/pocketplain.htm   (642 words)

 Weird Words: Vril
We owe this word to the nineteenth-century novelist Edward Bulwer-Lytton.
But during his lifetime he was widely read, only being outsold by Dickens.
World Wide Words is copyright © Michael Quinion, 1996–2006.
www.worldwidewords.org /weirdwords/ww-vri1.htm   (274 words)

 About Plain Words : Zoë Nelson - The Documentation & Training People™
Zoë has a decade of training and documentation experience which has taken her all over the world.
Catherine has been working as a technical writer and trainer for 20 years: over ten of those with Plain Words.
Alison has over nine years of experience as a technical author, and training others has been a part of her life for nearly 25 years.
www.plainwords.co.uk /teamzoenelson.html   (241 words)

 The Book of Mormon - Plain - Jacob
I'm also sorry that I must speak so boldly about you in front of your wives and children, for many of their feelings are very tender, chaste and delicate before God, which is pleasing to Him.
They despised plain words and killed the prophets, looking for things they could not understand.
Then, according to the power of the justice of God's word, which cannot be denied, you must go away from Him into that fire that separates the wicked from the righteous.
plainbookofmormon.com /Jacob.htm   (6777 words)

 Glossary of Plain Talk Terms
This is the adult or teen resident in the community to whom the survey questions are being addressed; they are sometimes called the survey participants.
This is what Plain Talk calls your job – someone who goes door-to-door asking neighborhood residents (including adults and teens) for their answers to specific questions on a survey (The Plain Talk Adult Survey and the Plain Talk Adolescent Survey).
The target community is seen as one that needs the program because there are reported a large number of teen pregnancies and/or cases of sexually transmitted diseases there.
www.plaintalk.org /glossary.htm   (385 words)

 Plain Words - documentation specialists home page - The Documentation & Training People™
Plain Words – the Documentation and Training People™
Subscribe to our free 6-weekly training bulletin for hints and tips, dates of upcoming courses and special offers.
Plain Words is a Business Affiliate of The Institute of Scientific and Technical Communicators.
www.plainwords.co.uk   (142 words)

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