Katherine Barber, The Word Lady, Canada
Plain language should be important in every field. Using plain language makes learning about the history of English accessible and entertaining, instead of dry, difficult, wearisome, and offputting.
2. What is your presentation focus, and what are some of the key points participants will learn?
I am the dinner speaker, so my focus is on entertaining a group who love language for a living with some of the quirkier aspects of English vocabulary and usage, especially in Canada. One key point is being aware of regional differences: what is plain in one variety of English may be confusing — even hilariously so — in another.
3. What advice do you have for someone new to plain language?
Do not be afraid of plain language! Expressing yourself in plain language will not make you seem less intelligent or less educated.