Plainly said: Keeping it simple

Technical terms, specialized language and in-house jargon can make your writing difficult to understand. By using everyday words, you will help readers understand your message. For example, choose pay over remuneration, or change instead of fluctuate. In the sentences below, replace the word in square brackets with the correct plain language equivalent.

1. The Government of Canada [allocated] more than $2.5 million to expand the energy-efficient centre.
2. The government agency was [vested] with certain powers.
3. The CEO's responsibilities have [evolved] over time.
4. The Board wants to help the public understand its members' [expenditures].
5. The Agency is warning people with peanut allergies not to [ingest] ABC Saltwater Taffy.
6. Do you [attest] that you have understood the conditions on this form?
7. The Internet [facilitates] registration for licences.
8. The committee reached a [consensus].