The power of simple words - Terin Izil
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For inspiration, see how lawyers, medical professionals and federal workers are policing their own professions’ use of language: www.clarity-international.net (the lawyers) www.plainlanguage.gov (the feds) www.cdc.gov/healthliteracy/pdf/Simply_Put.pdf (the meds)
To become an American citizen, the U.S. government requires people to pass a test that includes several questions about the U.S. Constitution. Think about just the preamble to the Constitution (http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_transcript.html), which is full of $10 words. What would it sound like in simpler terms? And could you preserve its meaning if you ‘translated’ it in this way? Create this ‘translation’ and compare it to the original. Share it with others and note their reactions.
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