Discussion: S. 574, The Plain Writing Act of 2009 (4 comments ↓ | 4 wiki edits: view article ↓)

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So You Think You Can Get Government in Plain English?

One of the bills featured in this morning’s WashingtonWatch.com Digest is S. 574, the Plain Writing Act of 2009. It would be great to get government to write clearly about what they do and what they want us to do. But the fact is that plain Engli...

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April 13, 2009, 9:08pm (report abuse)

too funny.

David Zetland

April 13, 2009, 11:57pm (report abuse)

This bill may be worth its weight in gold (or something more valuable, if it's short and clearly written), since laws that citizens can understand will be much better!

(of course, I wonder how effective it will be!)


April 14, 2009, 2:44pm (report abuse)

Now if we can just get the citizens to READ the documents, we'll be taking a step forward...

Sounds like this may be a way to create more paper, not less. They'll write it in "Government English" first, then some poor dude is going to have to 'translate' it into "clear language."


April 15, 2009, 10:42am (report abuse)

What kind of sentence should be passed on someone who does not write the right sentence?

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