Government of Canada
Symbol of the Government of Canada

Plainly Said 5

Many literary works would not be the same without an elevated vocabulary, flowing sentences and colourful images. However, other kinds of writing need a different approach. Have you ever read a text and asked yourself, "Why doesn’t the writer just say what he means?" Enter plain language. When you want to communicate a specific message to your audience, be clear.

See if you can pick out a simpler way to say the words in this quiz. Be careful: the possible answers listed do not all reflect the meaning of the word in the question!