How to Cut the Gobbledegook (2006)

An introduction to plain language writing and clear design

Plain language and clear design is a way of organizing information that makes sense. This style of writing or speaking uses straightforward, concrete and familiar words. The PEI Literacy Alliance created this manual to use with its workshop on plain language. It is part of the Alliance's Fostering Plain Language in Public Communicationsproject funded by the National Literacy Secretariat.

This manual contains the following:
- information about literacy levels in PEI
- questions to consider before writing
- some principles of plain language and clear design
- exercises and examples to reinforce the principles

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PEI Literacy Alliance. How to Cut the Gobbledegook 2006. Web. 7 Jul. 2022 <>
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