Here they are, the most requested tools in the plain language advocate's tool kit: examples of poor writing and how they were improved, side by side.
Here are government samples of letters, documents, manuals, and regulations.
Take a look at examples of plain-language legal writing from a variety of sources, including the federal government, state governments, private sources in the United States, and sources from outside the United States.
Many organizations give awards for their writing. We've chosen a few examples from the public and private sectors to show you their variety.
Humorous material helps illustrate plain language principles. Some of the humor on this page is unintentional, the result of blunders people make racing through their day. Some is just for fun. Enjoy!
Unofficial Examples (Created for Training)
We've taken lots of bad (mostly government) examples and show you how they should have been done. But remember, we took the initiative and did not wait for (or request) agency approval of these re-writes.