Donald Trump, plain language and some huuuuuge implications

Posted on Mar 28, 2016 in Literacy, Plain Language Blog Articles
Donald Trump, plain language and some huuuuuge implications

No, my headline isn’t just click-bait. This piece really is about Donald Trump.

People in the plain language community have been watching this presidential candidate closely. Specifically, the way he speaks.

It’s been noted that Trump communicates at a lower reading grade level than other candidates. Trump speaks to voters at about a 4th grade reading level. By comparison, Jeb Bush and Hilary Clinton come in around an 8th grade level. Bernie Sanders is at the High School level.

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.

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.

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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