No More Gobbledygook

May 19, 2011 - 2:13 AM
Annetta Cheek is interviewed by the Associated Press at her home in Bailey's Crossroads, Va., Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011. For much of her career in the federal civil service and now as a founder of the Center for Plain Language, Cheek has led efforts to make the government communicate with the public in ways average people can understand. The federal government is rolling out a new official language of sorts: plain English. A communications overhaul is under way as federal employees learn how to make more sense in their writing to the public. Their guide is the Plain Writing Act signed by President Barack Obama in the fall after decades of effort by passionate grammarians in the civil service to jettison the jargon. (AP Photo/Calvin Woodward)