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Writing clearly is hard enough without having to make gut-wrenching decisions about commas, spaces, hyphens, and quotation marks every few seconds. Thankfully, government writers have a sort of uniform code of conduct designed to make all government writing consistent. It’s called the Government Printing Office Style Manual, and it resolves many of the common, everyday… Read more »
Which federal agencies should you look to as models of plain language? Which ones are getting it wrong and why?
Language is not always black and white. In fact, 50 shades is probably an underestimate of all the grey! Still, the situation is not hopeless. We can communicate clearly and consistently without all the bickering. Here’s how.
Styleguides are useful because consistency is the only editorial virtue. There’s nothing foolish about consistency. But styleguides don’t produce plain language that answers users’ needs. They won’t fix everything–they’ll just make publishing a little easier.
You know how some people like crossword or jigsaw puzzles? Editing is the same thing.
Now that we’ve all mastered when to use “they’re,” “their,” and “there” appropriately, here are the correct uses of some other tricky word choices that threaten to derail a well written sentence. Follow these general rules to avoid an embarrassing mistake in your next email. Than / Then Use “than” when comparing two things. For… Read more »
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I will never forget my first bylined article in the Financial Times of London. It was back when Kathy Lee Gifford was in trouble as her clothing line for Wal-Mart was accused of violating the child labor laws in Honduras. As an aspiring journalist, I did a ton of research and preparation for this article…. Read more »