Wednesday, December 3, 2003

Plain English Day (Dec 2)

Yesterday was Plain English Day.

"Rumsfeld wins 'Foot in Mouth' award"
US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld won the award for this gem:
"Reports that say that something hasn't happened are always interesting to me,
 because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know.
 We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some
 things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns - the ones we don't
 know we don't know."

The following effort by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was also a contender:
"I think that gay marriage is something that should be between a man and a

The Plain English Campaign Awards
* Plain English (the open category)
* Inside Write (for internal government documents)
* Media (for radio, television and newspapers)
* Golden Bulls (for gobbledygook)
* Foot in Mouth (for a baffling quote by a public figure)