How WordRake Helps Meet Plain Language Requirements
WordRake’s Simplicity mode was designed to help writers meet federal plain language guidelines, but it can work for anyone trying to write in plain English. Of the 237 suggested simplifications on PlainLanguage.gov, WordRake offers edits for 90% of the suggested simplifications. Check out our list of hundreds of editing examples based on federal plain language guidelines.
Here are more examples of plain English edits you can expect in WordRake 4.0 and 4.1:
Replaces Bureaucratic Jargon
Industrial production constitutes is 40% of the region’s gross domestic product.
Officials convened met at the annual conference in Rome.
The information was disseminated distributed publicly.
The Department promulgated issued the Code.
They procured got the necessary supplies.
The county initiated started a new fire prevention program.
One caveat exception is worth noting.
There is not enough proof of the factual circumstances attending of the transaction.
We prioritized focused on demographic diversity over factors.
He agreed to pay an additional 2% per annum year.
Valley Ford agrees to defend Foxborough against any such claim like this.
Clarifies Overly Formal Terms
He looked for any indication sign that the deer would run away.
Protective coloring was advantageous useful in hiding from predators.
This is evidenced shown by the field observations recorded.
The blood specimen was determined found to be from someone else.
Curing allows concrete to achieve optimal ideal strength and hardness.
We endeavored tried to find a good solution.
We expended spent a lot of energy on this project.
The shop sells electronic components parts.
Rewords Hedging and Distancing Language to Make It Direct
The factory was relocated moved to a different part of the city.
We had to discontinue stop carrying that line of athletic apparel.
He departed left after three months.
Counsel confirmed that their client possesses has confidential company information.
The hospital is operated run by the Department of Health.
Simplifies Word Choice to Improve Readability
A consensus model might be a viable option good way for coordinating to coordinate design efforts.
The specifications called for copper in various portions many parts of the cables.
He was intimidated by the sheer magnitude size of the waves.
He was commendably expeditious quick in carrying out his duties as chairperson.
The parking lot is adjacent next to the boardwalk.
When employing using assistive devices, careful calibration is needed.
The company furnished gave me with a new laptop.
Right after attaining reaching top speed, the biplane engine failed.
The hospital agreed to assist help in transitioning patients to long-term care.
He desired wanted to master the science of astronomy.
This explains the behavior observed seen in captivity.
The college students reside live on campus.
Your distress is evident clear from your reaction.
Streamlines Complicated Phrases
Congress failed to did not approve sufficient enough funds money to make the program a reality.
The additional safety precautions weren’t warranted were unnecessary under these conditions.
A simple majority sufficed was enough to declare a vote valid.
In Maine, there is an abundance of are many wild blueberries harvested each August.
In the absence of Without alternatives, we grudgingly accepted the offer.
Any new policy must be conditioned based on improving compliance with environmental standards.
How WordRake Helps All Writers
WordRake will help any writer improve their work. Launched in 2012, WordRake is editing software designed by writing expert and New York Times bestselling author Gary Kinder. The software was originally created so lawyers could focus on their legal analysis without using unnecessary verbiage but has since been expanded to work for all types of professional writing. While teaching over 1,000 writing programs for many of the country’s largest businesses and law firms, Gary identified a set of signals that indicate wordiness and muddled writing. Those signals became the foundation for WordRake editing software. WordRake runs in Microsoft Word and Outlook and uses complex, patented algorithms to find and improve weak lead-ins, confusing language, and high-level grammar and usage slips.
During the Plain Language Week of 2022, we introduced WordRake 4.0, which added the new Simplicity editing mode. When we added this new editing mode, we brought to life our founder’s years-long dream:
“The Act inspired us to take WordRake a step further with a unique functionality that would help government agencies communicate more effectively with their readers,” said Gary Kinder, founder of WordRake. “That’s why [we introduced] Simplicity editing mode, which helps you find the word your reader is most likely to know. It builds on WordRake’s existing functionality, which helps you cut needless words.”
Earlier versions of the software offered clear and concise edits, which reduced word count, cut needless modifiers, converted nominalizations, and more. The newest version goes further by offering suggestions for improving readability and simplifying complex language. Users may select the editing mode(s) they want based on their editing preferences:
- Simplicity mode prioritizes familiar words. It’s WordRake's new editing mode, designed to help meet plain language guidelines. With this mode selected, you’ll get suggestions to improve readability by simplifying complex language. It converts jargon, bureaucratic language, and difficult words into ones anyone can understand. It’s designed for government writers and anyone who must follow plain language rules.
- Brevity mode prioritizes succinct writing. It’s WordRake’s classic editing mode, available since 2012. With this mode selected, you’ll get suggestions to make writing concise and compelling. Writers rely on Brevity mode for streamlining legalese, cutting useless words, trimming legal doublets and triplets, and replacing archaic terms, all while protecting terms of art and legally operative phrases for lawyers. Brevity mode is the default selection for all users.
Improve your writing now. With the click of a button, WordRake will help you choose simple, familiar words—but will leave most necessary vocabulary and legal terms of art intact. It will help you filter out terms that cloud comprehension and replace them with words that help you persuade. Try WordRake for free for seven days.
About the Author
Ivy B. Grey is the Chief Strategy & Growth Officer for WordRake. Before joining the team, she practiced bankruptcy law for ten years. She represented banks, debtors, and a chapter 7 trustee, so she has experience complying with plain language laws designed to protect consumers, such as the Truth in Lending Act, the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, and the Consumer Leasing Act. Ivy was also the Director of the Executive Secretariat for the Department of Commerce during the 2021 transition. This office is responsible for enforcing the Plain Writing Act for the department. Ivy has been recognized as an Influential Woman in Legal Tech by ILTA, a Fastcase 50 Honoree, and Women of Legal Tech honoree by the ABA Legal Technology Resource Center. Follow Ivy on Twitter @IvyBGrey or connect with her on LinkedIn.