Trying to take your plain language efforts to the next level? Looking for something special that will inspire your colleagues to write clearly and emphatically? You need a touch of gospel. You need to listen to “Good news: Clarity’s a-coming!,” the European Commission’s Clear Writing campaign song, sung by the Hot Air Vocal Ensemble, a Brussels-based choir.
You’ve got to love plain language folks, don’t you? These choir members are standing on a conference room table (?!) and singing their hearts out. Thumbs up for taking your topic more seriously than you take yourself.
After you’re done listening to the song (and clapping? dancing?), download the Commission’s plain language guide How to Write Clearly. (The song lyrics are from the guide’s Table of Contents.)
And our American hats are off to the Europeans; their plain language guide is available in all 23 official languages of the European Union!
— Leslie O’Flahavan