“Plain language” is the current movement in administrative policy writing at all levels of
The plain-language movement arose as a reaction against bureaucratic style.
Prose in the
bureaucratic style is needlessly difficult to read, uses archaic words and phrases, and is generally inaccessibleto the average citizen.
away from bureaucratic style emerged in the 1970s. Plain language advocates thought that the large volume of inaccessibly bureaucratic documents produced by the
federal government was not
appropriate in a democratic society.