Plain English spoken here
Washington Post columnist John Davidson wrote today about the Presidential order for departments to speak more clearly. He uses the following example. I like it.
“Just what the heck is our government trying to tell us?
"After notification of NMFS, this final rule requires all CA/OR DGN vessel operators to have attended one Skipper Education Workshop after all workshops have been convened by NMFS in September 1997. CA/OR DGN vessel operators are required to attend Skipper Education Workshops at annual intervals thereafter, unless that requirement is waived by NMFS. NMFS will provide sufficient advance notice to vessel operators by mail prior to convening workshops."
I have no idea what that means. The "after" version is much better:
"After notification from NMFS, vessel operators must attend a skipper education workshop before commencing fishing each fishing season."”