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Plain English is radical
Posted on 15-Oct-2014 09:21 by Bill Bennett | Tags Filed under: Articles


Bill Bennett:

This is pretty much what I tell people: Avoid jargon as much as possible precisely because it excludes people. Sometimes I rant about it, see http://billbennett.co.nz/2010/04/19/writing-minimise-jargon/

In technology, itís all about the commercial case: companies who overdo the jargon lose sales to companies who can articulate ideas in plain English. And often, the numbskulls who insist on jargon are the ones who are talking with forked tongues. Itís just the same with politics.

Originally posted on Fundamentally Useless:

Despite all the ups and downs of the past few months, there has been one constant in left wing politics: jargon. Regardless of whether Nicky Hager, Judith Collins, or Eminem led the news, the Left was ready to respond with a slew of long and fancy words. Left wing politics talks a lot about inclusion, but often it does so with some very exclusive words.†I am guilty of this too.

Nothing says Ďyou are not welcome in this discussioní like jargon. If we are truly concerned with growing the Left, we need welcome those who look leftwards, not make them feel stupid. If we are serious about inclusive politics, then we need to make sure we donít exclude less-advantaged people. Jargon excludes people who struggle with English and, generally speaking, people with less education.

I get that politics and identity can be complex, and that sometimes a rare word isÖ

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