Myths and Facts

Myth: Plain language is simple-minded and talks down to people.
Fact: Plain language includes and respects people. People understand what they read. They get the information they need and not a lot of extras.

Myth: Plain language takes too long and costs too much.
Fact: Plain language saves time and money. When people understand what they read, they ask fewer questions, complain less, and make fewer mistakes. Their health and safety are more assured.

Myth: Plain language isn't necessary for people who read well.
Fact: Plain language helps everyone understand what they read. People with good literacy skills skip over information, understand less, or just won't read a document that is too complex, wordy, or technical.

Myth: Plain language isn't good for legal and technical terms.
Fact: Plain language can be used with any document. You can define legal or technical terms so that people can understand and use the information.