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Feds must stop writing gibberish under new law

The federal government is rolling out a new official language of sorts: plain English. President Barack Obama signed the Plain Writing Act last fall after decades of effort by a cadre of passionate grammarians in the civil service to jettison the jargon. It takes full effect in October, when federal agencies must start writing plainly in all new or substantially revised documents produced for the public. The government will still be allowed to write nonsensically to itself. Find a few before-and-after examples of government writing below:

[Last modified: Thursday, May 19, 2011 5:23pm]

    

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