Monday, November 07, 2005

I'll take mine plain...

...language, that is. A smart client from Baltimore sent us this article from today's Sun about the Fifth International Plain Language Conference held this past weekend in Washington, D.C., where advocates of simple words gathered to hone their sentences to make the meanings clear -- a rare art form here in the nation's capital, and in many workplaces. See if you can translate this gem from one presentation (if not, read the article to find out the simpler phrase): "As with the progenitor of the scion, in such similar manner it may occur with the scion." Or as William Strunk wrote, "Be obscure clearly!" We beg you. For information on our workshops about self-editing and our writing coach services, contact us at

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