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Plain Language: How to Avoid Being Lost in Translation

11/29/2017 by Sara Leonhartsberger

Although technical terminology is often vital for certain fields, such as the medical profession, a disconnect between intended message and audience comprehension has been observed when such terminology dominates the document. Particularly in governmental documents or business’ terms and conditions, legal jargon fills the page, complicated sentence structure and terminology barring readers directly affected by the stated policies from understanding them. As miscommunication became prevalent in this exchange of knowledge, leading to frustration on both the communicator’s and receivers’ side, a movement for a new process for writing and translation emerged: plain language.

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