Tamsin Constable

Plain Writing Act clears US Senate

Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States (1801-1809), once said, “The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.”

It’s been a while coming, but that clarion call for Plain English received a fillip this month. Hawaii Democrat’s Senator Daniel Akaka bill to banish bureaucratic language from US government documents was cleared by Senate. His ‘Plain Writing Act’ would require all new government letters, forms, brochures and other public documents to be written in language that is “clear, concise, well organized, and follows the best practices in language writing.”