I’ve nothing but praise for the thinking behind the Writemark Plain English Awards. Getting rid of gobbledygook is a cause close to my heart.
Yet in a case of the cobbler’s children’s shoes, the Writemark site needs fixing.
Here is the section headed “What is plain English?” you can find this paragraph:
Plain English allows people to participate in government, commercial, legal, and leisure activities more effectively because they can understand the information presented to them. Plain English also has proven benefits for organisations that use it in their publications — including significant cost savings.
It could be plainer. And, tut tut, it uses an American-style Oxford comma in a list before ‘and’.
Let’s make that paragraph plainer:
Plain English makes information easy to understand. It means people can play a more effective part in government, commerce, law and leisure. It is also good for organisations; among other things it saves money.