Today, December 14, is Plain English Day, a day for celebrating the “campaign against gobbledygook, jargon and misleading public information.” That phrase and supposedly the Day itself come from the Plain English Campaign, a British organization that bestows awards like the Foot in Mouth Award, the Kick in the Pants Award, and the Golden Bull Award every December to recognize “the worst of the year’s written tripe.”
Unfortunately for the celebratory mood, the Plain English Campaign’s website no longer mentions Plain English Day, if it ever did. And the Day is getting no buzz online. December 14 has no Wikipedia page or any other kind of page that I can find. Even the Literature Review HQ web page and tweets, which pop to the top of my searches, are coated with a couple years’ worth of edust.
So it’s a small party that I’m inviting you to. You’re here; that’s what counts.
I’m celebrating the Day by passing on a plain list of my favorite writing-related books:
- The Elements of Style
by William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White
- Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content
by Ann Handley
- Garner’s Modern American Usage
by Bryan A. Garner
- Spunk & Bite: A Writer’s Guide to Bold, Contemporary Style
by Arthur Plotnik
- Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer
by Roy Peter Clark
For my long list of favorites, see “Resources for Writers.”
What writing books top your list? No fair citing mine. Tell me plainly.Google+