Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Outing obfuscation...

"Obfuscation is the concealment of intended meaning in communication, making communication confusing, intentionally ambiguous, and more difficult to interpret." (from Wiki)

Today is Plain English Day! The Plain English Campaign has, since 1979, "been campaigning against gobbledygook, jargon and misleading public information." If you're within half an hour of The Brewery (London EC1Y 4SD) then get on down to the 30th Plain English Campaign Annual Awards 2009 (starts at midday UK time). Not to give too much away but as of today Mandy has another award!

I touched on a similar subject last week when discussing the Overarching outcomes of outsourced output about the need to 'ditch the jargon that is the daily fare of all public bodies so they can "communicate effectively with local people"' ...[Link].

Update: their Grammar Quiz has just left my ego a bit deflated!

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Paul said...

Where is the grammar quiz?

Span Ows said...

4th or 5th link down in the right hand sidebar of their website (Plain English link)

...or was this a joke and I've put my foot right in it?!!

Paul said...

Not a joke on my part. Your grammar is better than mine so I wanted to see why you felt deflated.

Span Ows said...

Ah, understood. Well, I try to be correct in spelling and punctuation too...however I took their quiz and in then first 10 questions only managed 5 correct (in fact on two of the questions it wasn't until my third choice that I got the answer correct!!!!)...oh the shame!