What you missed if you weren’t at the ClearMark Awards on May 12 – and why you shouldn’t miss it next year.

Posted on May 22, 2015 in Center News, Events
What you missed if you weren’t at the ClearMark Awards on May 12 – and why you shouldn’t miss it next year.

You attended the 2015 ClearMark awards at the National Press Club? That’s great!

What – You didn’t get there this year? Oh, no! Look at what you missed.

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An instant way to shorten your sentences

Posted on May 6, 2015 in Literacy, Plain Language Blog Articles

Do your sentences suffer from “wordy phrase-itis”? These phrases pad your sentences with extra words. They increase the reading grade level. And they can make your writing sound stuffy. Here’s a list you can use to guide you.

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Why “active” voice is better than “passive”

Posted on Apr 22, 2015 in Board News, Literacy

Once a month, I take my daughters, 9 and 13, to get donuts at Yum-Yums on a Friday night. We pick a dozen favorites and then go home to watch a movie while we each enjoy one donut as our treat. (They’re huge!) Then I put my girls to bed. And they know they can have a donut for breakfast the next morning.

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The Awards are coming! The Awards are coming!

Posted on Apr 8, 2015 in Awards, Center News, News Release / Media Alert
The Awards are coming! The Awards are coming!

Here’s an opportunity to spend a wonderful evening with other plain language advocates and practitioners. Each year, the Center for Plain Language gives the ClearMark Award to print and online information that is easy for the public to understand and use.

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March Grammar Madness: Commas Win in an Upset!

Posted on Mar 11, 2015 in Board News, Center News, Literacy
March Grammar Madness: Commas Win in an Upset!

It’s March Grammar Madness at Healthwise. We’re mad about clear communication—and isn’t that the primary purpose of grammar?

So, just like the hoops fans who get into the college basketball spirit, we celebrated National Grammar Day (March 4) with a bracket. It’s all about sustaining the commitment to plain language—and scoring points with employees.

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