Are you, like me, wondering what to do to mark International Plain Language Day coming up this October 13?
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Organize a friendly competition
Plain Language Bee
Organize this as a team competition or like a traditional spelling bee. Pick some esoteric terms-perhaps related to your industry—and see who can offer good plain language replacements quickly.
Design crossword puzzles using esoteric words as clues and plain language answers in your puzzle.
Rewrite an existing song as a plain language anthem
Have groups perform the results. Offer a prize to the person or team who does the best job of it.
Sponsor an art contest on the theme of clarity
Take some jargon words and get people to reconceptualize them so you can never use them again without laughing. Dorrie Ratzlaff did so with these Bathetic Words. Bathetic Words
Start a Plain Klingon Movement
My favorite idea by far.