May 11, 2010
Regarding ‘EU officials offered hotline for ‘clear writing’‘:
I was pleased to read that the European Commission is keen to promote and use clear language – not a quick or easy job.
I wonder, however, why DGT’s commissioner needed 27 words to say what 17, 14, 10 or 7 words would have said instead:
“I am making a personal commitment to check that not only my speeches and articles, but also those of my team, meet the criteria for clear writing.”
Androulla Vassiliou, DGT’s new commissioner, March 2010
“I promise that my team and I will try hard to write our speeches and articles clearly.”
“I promise that my team and I will write as clearly as we can.”
“I promise that my team and I will write clearly.”
“My team and I will write clearly.”
And so on.
Come on! Clarity needs hard work.
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