From fuzzy Washington terms like “Waste, Fraud and Abuse” and web 2.0 portmanteaus like “webinar” to business jargon like “thinking outside the box,” communicating clearly, candidly and concisely becomes more difficult every day.
But some people around the beltway are taking a stand against obfuscation in business and public policy. They’re called the Center for Plain Language and they’re holding their first annual awards ceremony this April. They’re giving out ClearMark awards for clarity for government, non-profit enterprises and businesses in the following categories: best original document in plain language, best revised document in plain language, and best web site.
They’re also giving out the “WonderMark” awards for the least understandable document, one for the private sector and one for the public sector.
The deadline for submissions has been extended through March 1st, so send in nominations to [email protected]