The Plain English Approach to Business Writing [NOOK Book]

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Bailey's approach is surprisingly straightforward: just write as you would talk. Plain English is not only easier to read, it's also easier to write. And it's so effective that many large organizations are endorsing, if not demanding, its use in the workplace. Pithy and entertaining, Bailey clearly lays out the dos and don'ts of plain English, illustrating them with examples drawn from such sources as business documents, technical manuals, trade publications, and the works of such writers as Russell Baker and ...
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The Plain English Approach to Business Writing

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Overview

Bailey's approach is surprisingly straightforward: just write as you would talk. Plain English is not only easier to read, it's also easier to write. And it's so effective that many large organizations are endorsing, if not demanding, its use in the workplace. Pithy and entertaining, Bailey clearly lays out the dos and don'ts of plain English, illustrating them with examples drawn from such sources as business documents, technical manuals, trade publications, and the works of such writers as Russell Baker and John D. MacDonald. From the basics to the fine tuning, he offers practical advice on clarity, precision, organization, layout, and a host of other topics. This is a book that can be read in an hour - and used for the rest of your life.

In offices across America, the Masters of Gobbledygook are hard at work. They buu tyheir main point somewhere in a last paragraph--and take two pages to get there. This book shows readers how to improve he quality and clarity--and increase the speed--of their business writing in a simple, nononsense guide.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Writing consultant/business professor Bailey has written extensively on writing. His book Writing Clearly: A Contemporary Approach (Charles E. Merrill, 1984) covered the psycholinguistic study of reading and writing, ideas that lead into this undemanding work. The author tells how he once realized that much writing, even his own, is too formal and obscure. Stressing the value of using plain (i.e., similar-to-spoken) English, he presents a simple model for organizing most business writing and supplies tips on style, punctuation, layout, and writing methods for oneself or one's staff. Although the book is directed to business readers, this mild slant should not put off others. Most likely of value to those concerned with short memos and reports, it might serve as an alternative to fuller works.-- William A. Donovan, Chicago P.L.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199746279
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/13/1990
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author


Edward Bailey has a national reputation as an expert in writing. He is Professor of Business Communications at Marymount University near Washington, D.C. He is the author of The Plain English Approach to Business Speaking (OUP) and serves as a consultant in business and government.

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