Read a mature (2008) essay and review of books on plain language called Clarity & Plain Language by Peter Stoyko.
Several books are reviewed. The quote from Blamires may have come from his Penguin Guide to Plain English rather than the book referred to, which is now only available for Kindle.
Compose Yourself and Write Good English
by Harry Blamires (Penguin Books, Kindle version, 2004)
“[P]lain language is genuine and direct, unspoiled by any hint of the bogus or the pretentious, English which is clear and open as the day, which claims no special attention to itself but rather melts away into what it conveys.”
Of course, we would also like you to read Plain Language in Plain English from Plain Language Wizardry.
In the current issue of the Humor Project‘s Laughing Matters E-mail Newsletter, Dawn Hernden shares examples of words that can cause confusion when doubled up:
- The bandage was wound around the wound.
- The farm was used to produce produce.
- The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
- He could lead if he would get the lead out.
- The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
- Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to presentthe present.
- When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
- There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
- They were too close to the door to close it.
- The buck does funny things when the does are present.
- A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.
- The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
- How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?