It's hard to believe, but many people still write businessese. But many have also shifted to plain English. In other words, there's a "fence"—with some people on the bureaucratic side and others on the plain English side.
Fortunately, more and more people are moving to the plain English side—and when people reach that side, they never jump back. The advantages of plain English are just too obvious.
Also, many large organizations today are endorsing plain English:
• Private business. Many successful companies require plain English. Major improvement in writing has occurred in the fields of insurance, computers, banking, and health care.
• Federal agencies. Many (perhaps most) federal agencies are training their people to write in plain English.
• U.S. military. Each military service strongly urges plain English—by regulation (and those regulations are in plain English, too).
• Scientific and engineering organizations. Many of these organizations have to be able to express their ideas to lay people.
• And even lawyers! Too many lawyers still depend on the language of the Magna Charta, but even this "iceberg" is starting to slide into the sea. There are, for example, sample wills and other standard documents available to lawyers in plain English.
The move today is clearly toward plain English because it works. It can work for you, too. This book will show you how to write it.
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