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Title Writing for dollars, writing to please : the case for plain language in business, government, and law / Joseph Kimble.

Author Kimble, Joseph.
Publisher Durham, N.C. : Carolina Academic Press, [2012]
©2012
Location Call number Status
 Biddle  KF250 .K535 2012    Available
Phys Desc xv, 167 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
text txt rdacontent
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volume nc rdacarrier
Notes Includes bibliographical references and index
Reprint Preface xiii
pt. One A Personal Story 1
pt. Two The Elements of Plain Language 5
pt. Three Answering the Critics (by Dispelling the Myths) 11
1. Plain language is not anti-literary, anti-intellectual, unsophisticated, drab, ugly, bland, babyish, or base 11
2. The idea of plain language is not too vague to be useful 14
3. Plain language is not "text-based" rather than "reader-based"; it has always been concerned with whether the text works for readers and has long advocated testing on readers 16
4. Plain language involves much more than just simple words and short sentences 20
5. Regardless of what readers may expect in legal and official documents, they certainly prefer plain language 23
6. There is time to write in plain language --- or at least to make a serious start 25
7. The push for plain language will not result in less work and less prestige for lawyers; it could even produce more work, and it will surely improve their image 28
8. Proponents do not imagine that plain language will be intelligible to everyone; they do expect writers to make documents intelligible to the greatest possible number of intended readers 31
9. Plain language is not subverted by the need to use technical terms 35
10. Plain language is not imprecise; in fact, it's more precise than traditional legal and official style 37
pt. Four Some Historical Highlights 45
Publications
1. U.S.: David Mellinkoff's Book The Language of the Law 47
2. U.S.: Richard Wydick's Book Plain English for Lawyers 47
3. U.S.: "Plain Language" Column in the Michigan Bar Journal 48
4. U.S.: Rudolf Flesch's Works and Readability Formulas 49
5. UK: Ernest Gowers's Book The Complete Plain Words 51
6. UK: Renton Committee Report on Legislation 52
7. Australia: Michele Asprey's Book Plain Language for Lawyers 53
Laws and Rules
8. U.S.: New York's Plain-English Law --- and Other State Statutes That Followed 54
9. U.S.: Securities and Exchange Commission's Plain-English Rules and Plain English Handbook 56
10. U.S.: Plain Writing Act of 2010 57
11. European Union: Unfair Contract Terms Directive 59
12. South Africa: Constitution 60
13. South Africa: Consumer Protection Act 62
Projects and Activities
14. U.S.: Citibank's Loan Note 64
15. U.S.: Redrafting of Federal Court Rules 64
16. Canada: Reports on Access to the Law and Events That Followed 66
17. Canada: Training in Provincial Securities Commissions and the Rewriting of Investment-Industry Rules 68
18. UK: Government-Wide Review of Forms 69
19. UK: Tax-Law Revision 70
20. Norway: Civil-Service Project 71
21. Australia: NRMA's Car-Insurance Policy 72
22. Australia: Progress in Major Law Firms 73
23. Australia: Format of Legislation 75
24. New Zealand: WriteMark and Plain English Power 76
Organizations
25. U.S.: Document Design Center at the American Institutes for Research 78
26. U.S.: Federal-Employee PLAIN Group and the Clinton-Gore Initiatives 80
27. U.S.: Center for Plain Language 81
28. Canada: Plain Language Association International 82
29. Canada: Canadian Legal Information Centre and Its Plain Language Centre 83
30. Canada: Alberta Law Reform Institute 85
31. Canada: Plain Language Service at the Canadian Public Health Association 86
32. UK: Clarity --- The International Association Promoting Plain Legal Language 87
33. UK: Plain English Campaign and Plain Language Commission 88
34. European Union: Fight the Fog and the Clear Writing Campaign 91
35. Nordic Countries: Language Councils 92
36. Sweden: Division for Legal and Linguistic Draft Revision, and the Plain Swedish Group 96
37. Australia: Law Reform Commission of Victoria 97
38. Australia: Centre for Plain Legal Language 99
39. New Zealand: Law Commission and the Parliamentary Counsel Office 100
40. Commonwealth Countries: Commonwealth Association of Legislative Counsel 101
pt. Five The Extraordinary Benefits 103
Saving Time and Money
1. U.S.: Federal Communications Commission --- Regulations 107
2. U.S.: Veterans Benefits Administration --- Form Letters 108
3. U.S.: Veterans Benefits Administration --- Form Letters 111
4. U.S.: Naval Officers --- Business Memos 112
5. U.S.: State of Washington --- Consumer Documents 113
6. U.S.: Arizona Department of Revenue --- Form Letters 116
7. U.S.: Los Angeles County --- Consumer Documents and Phone Messages 117
8. Canada: Alberta Agriculture, Food, and Rural Development --- Forms 118
9. UK: British Government --- Forms 119
10. UK: Royal Mail --- Form 121
11. Sweden: Agency for Higher Education Services --- Online Forms and E-Mail 121
12. New Zealand: Ministry of Internal Affairs --- Form 123
13. Australia: Victorian Government --- Legal Form 124
14. Australia: Family Court of Australia --- Divorce Forms 124
15. U.S.: Cleveland Clinic --- Billing Statements 125
16. U.S.: Allen-Bradley Company --- Computer Manuals 125
17. U.S.: General Electric Company --- Software Manuals 127
18. U.S.: Sabre Travel Information Company --- Software Booklet 127
19. U.S.: Federal Express --- Operations Manuals 128
20. U.S.: Key Bank --- Call-Center Manual 129
21. Canada: Banking Industry --- Communications Among Employees 129
22. U.S.: Homebuyers --- Good-Faith Estimates 130
23. U.S.: General Public --- Payday Loans 132
Pleasing and Persuading Readers
24. U.S.: Judges and Lawyers --- Various Legal Passages 135
25. U.S.: Appellate Judges and Law Clerks --- Appellate Briefs 137
26. U.S.: Lawyers --- Judicial Opinions 139
27. U.S.: Judges --- Lawsuit Papers 141
28. U.S.: General Public --- Various Legal Passages 143
29. U.S.: General Public --- Government Regulations 144
30. U.S.: General Public --- Statute 145
31. U.S.: General Public --- Jury Instructions 145
32. U.S.: General Public --- Jury Instructions 146
33. U.S.: General Public --- Jury Instructions 148
34. U.S.: General Public --- Court Forms 148
35. U.S.: General Public --- Class-Action Notices 149
36. U.S.: Law Students and State-Agency Employees --- Contract 151
37. South Africa: Lawyers and the General Public --- Various Legal Documents 153
38. Australia: Lawyers --- Legislation 154
39. U.S.: General Public --- Tax Forms 154
40. U.S.: General Public --- Ballot Instructions 155
41. U.S.: Naval Officers --- Business Memos 157
42. U.S.: Army Officers --- Business Memos 158
43. Australia: Insurance Companies --- Office Manual 159
44. U.S.: General Public --- Medical-Consent Forms 159
45. U.S.: General Public --- Medical Pamphlet 160
46. U.S.: General Public --- Medication Warning Labels 161
47. Canada: General Public --- Patient-Information Booklet 162
48. U.S.: Investors --- 10-K Filings 163
49. U.S.: Investors --- Annual Reports 165
50. UK: Institution of Chemical Engineers --- Technical Literature 166
20120716
Subject Law -- United States -- Language.
Law -- United States -- Terminology.
Legal composition.
Government report writing -- United States.
Alt Series 2012013645
ISBN 9781611631913 (alk. paper)
1611631912 (alk. paper)