ERIC Number: ED144073
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
Gobbledygook Has Gotta Go.
Frequently, government writing is filled with complex and obscure jargon, or "gobbledygook." This book was written for Bureau of Land Management (BLM) employees, in order to call their attention to the need for simple, concise writing. The first two chapters provide a formula for judging the difficulty of a piece of writing and show how writers can use the formula in attempting to simplify their writing. Other chapters discuss the following topics: words and their meanings; avoiding the use of obscure technical jargon; avoiding complexity and pomposity in writing; using specific, concrete words to convey abstract ideas; writing sentences that say what they are intended to say; using active verbs to enliven writing; using effective word order in sentences; observing basic principles of good writing; the high monetary cost of using more words than are necessary in writing; and writing news releases. The book includes numerous examples of "gobbledygook" in BLM publications and discusses ways in which the examples might be improved. (GW)
Descriptors: Communication Problems, Communication (Thought Transfer), Expository Writing, Government Publications, Language Usage, Sentence Structure, Technical Writing, Writing Skills, Written Language
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Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bureau of Land Management (Dept. of Interior), Washington, DC.
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