Wednesday, December 28, 2011
In 1966, an employee of the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management, writing under the name "Mr. Gobble D. Gook, Esq.," authored a book called "Gobbledygook Has Gotta Go." It was published and sold by the U.S. Government Printing Office.
Although it was written 45 years ago, it has some gems that still apply today for government writers. For example, "Perhaps many of us write technical jargon because of a feeling of inferiority. We know we can't write simple, straight-forward English without a lot of effort, so we automatically fall back on our technical jaron where we feel safest; this kind of writing is easiest for us to do."