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Plain English (also referred to as layman's terms or plain language) is a generic term for communication in English that emphasizes clarity, brevity, and the avoidance of technical language—particularly in relation to official government or business communication.

The goal is to write in a way that is easily understood by the target audience: clear and straightforward, appropriate to their reading skills and knowledge, free of wordiness, cliché, and needless jargon. It often involves using native Anglo-Saxon, or Germanic, words instead of those derived from Latin and Greek (see linguistic purism in English).


Plain English sections
Intro  Etymology  History  See also  Notes  References  Further reading  External links  

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Plain English (also referred to as layman's terms or plain language) is a generic term for communication in English that emphasizes clarity, brevity, and the avoidance of technical language—particularly in relation to official government or business communication.

The goal is to write in a way that is easily understood by the target audience: clear and straightforward, appropriate to their reading skills and knowledge, free of wordiness, cliché, and needless jargon. It often involves using native Anglo-Saxon, or Germanic, words instead of those derived from Latin and Greek (see linguistic purism in English).


Plain English sections
Intro  Etymology  History  See also  Notes  References  Further reading  External links  

PREVIOUS: IntroNEXT: Etymology
<<>>