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plain English

Writing the English language without using technical terms. See Simplified Technical English.
References in classic literature ?
In plain English," retorted the vicar, "you are conceited enough to think that you can succeed where the greatest lawyers in Scotland have failed.
Venture your ten pounds--in plain English, pay me for my time and trouble in a baffling and difficult case--and I'll give you an opinion founded on my own experience.
Do you know," said Felicity, "I believe if you wrote him just once and told him your exact opinion of him in good plain English it would cure him of his nonsense.
Jones's and went to my new governess, for so they called her in the house, and there I was indeed treated with so much courtesy, so carefully looked to, so handsomely provided, and everything so well, that I was surprised at it, and could not at first see what advantage my governess made of it; but I found afterwards that she professed to make no profit of lodgers' diet, nor indeed could she get much by it, but that her profit lay in the other articles of her management, and she made enough that way, I assure you; for 'tis scarce credible what practice she had, as well abroad as at home, and yet all upon the private account, or, in plain English, the whoring account.
It's a nasty word, but that's the plain English of it.
Turned into plain English, it practically expressed itself to this effect: "Would dear Gilmore be so very obliging as not to worry his friend and client about such a trifle as a remote contingency?
They were very good friends, but led entirely different lives, Will being a "dig," and Tom a "bird," or, in plain English, one was a hard student, and the other a jolly young gentleman.
My own language is, as I am painfully aware, only plain English.
Suppose you found an inscription, with sentences here and there in excellent plain English, and interpolated therewith, others made up of words, of letters even, absolutely unknown to you?
Floodgates were loosed within me, and the plain English of our adventure rushed over me as cold as ice.
If you don't know your subject intimately, you can't write about it plainly--"people tend to waffle if they don't know their subject well," says Sarah Stacy-Baynes, who is national information manager for the Cancer Society and the impetus behind the society adopting the plain English ethos.
SSE has achieved its first Crystal Mark from the Plain English Campaign for its communications with customers.