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     The Web sites listed below advocate and offer resources for simplifying and clarifying language in government and professional documents. 

  •, "Improving Communication from the Federal Government to the Public"
  • Legal Writing Institute, “dedicated to improving legal writing by providing a forum for discussion and scholarship about legal writing, analysis, and research”
  • Burton Foundation “honors partners in law firms and law school students who use plain, clear and concise language and avoid archaic, stilted legalese”
  • Jabberwocky Junkies,” an entertaining essay by Tony Proscio with the sub-title, “Why we're hooked on buzz words and why we need to kick the habit.” From The Grantsmanship Center magazine, Fall 2002
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