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New Law Stops Feds Writing Gibberish

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posted on May, 19 2011 @ 07:28 AM

That's right: Pursuant to regulations promulgated thereunder and commencing in accordance with a statute signed herein by President Barack Obama, the government shall be precluded from writing the pompous gibberish heretofore evidenced, to the extent practicable.

Im sorry......what?

That sentence contains 11 new language no-nos.

Okie Dokey
Now to what this means...

Obama signed the Plain Writing Act last fall after decades of effort by a cadre of passionate grammarians in the civil service to jettison the jargon.
It takes full effect in October, when federal agencies must start writing plainly in all new or substantially revised documents produced for the public. The government will still be allowed to write nonsensically to itself.

Now thats what Im talking about! Even the Pentagon is getting the feel for this!

Ahead then, if the law works, is a culture change for an enterprise that turns out reams of confusing benefit forms, tangled rules and foggy pronouncements. Not to mention a Pentagon brownie recipe that went on for 26 pages about "regulations promulgated thereunder," "flow rates of thermoplastics by extrusion plastometer" and a commandment that ingredients "shall be examined organoleptically."

I wonder what kind of brownies the Pentagon was cookin.....

By July, each agency must have a senior official overseeing plain writing, a section of its website devoted to the effort and employee training under way.

"It is important to emphasize that agencies should communicate with the public in a way that is clear, simple, meaningful and jargon-free," says Cass Sunstein, a White House information and regulation administrator who gave guidance to federal agencies in April on how to implement the law.

Sounds pretty good to me....sugar coating anyone?

Instead of the government saying, "It is requested," expect the government to say "please."

Now, how could they screw this up??

But do not expect "LOL" from the feds anytime soon.

Noooo!!!! Thats the only thing I wanted out of this bill

Edit - I want txting type now.
edit on 19-5-2011 by buni11687 because: (no reason given)

posted on May, 19 2011 @ 09:14 AM
reply to post by buni11687

F&S, this needs to be bumped some more!

What is only suggested under the new law is the bane of every
lawyer, PLAIN English. Legislation has been passed in the past
that has been purposely vague and convoluted in it's construction
in order to allow for controversy; and controversy is the bread and
butter of all lawyers. If these guys (gender-nonspecific) wrote the
laws in plain English instead of a monstrous hybrid of the King's
17th century spamorama and technogarble, they'd all be out of a yob.
I believe the stuff's contagious, sorry. Worse yet, it seems they'll
still be able to write amongst themselves in eloqueer. Hey, I might
have come up with a new alternative noun for legalese. Eat your
heart out, George... Orwell or the Second, you guys flip a coin up there.

One may expect to believe it when one reads the bills-- maybe
we should legislate a literacy requirement for legislators first.

posted on May, 19 2011 @ 09:20 AM
This is a step in the right direction, now if only we can get them to write one bill at a time. No attatchemnts no added in anything, write the bill, present it, vote on it.


posted on May, 19 2011 @ 01:28 PM
So now, instead of saying "Our persons have penetrated your posterior with a protuberance"...

They can just say "We screwed you!"

Well, that's progress (I guess).

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