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Words to avoid and specialist words

Check which words you should avoid to make content easy to understand.

Words to avoid

The Readability Guidelines include detailed guidelines on the following topics:

  • Never use vague words and jargon — includes jargon examples.
  • Avoid metaphors.
  • Do not use Latin.

Words to avoid in the Readability Guidelines

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Specialist words

The Readability Guidelines include detailed guidelines on the following topics:

  • Explain specialist terms: anybody can access your content.
  • Create content that all users can understand, whatever their expertise or background.
  • Help users understand specialist terms.
  • Use plain English for highly literate audiences.

Specialist terms in the Readability Guidelines

And:

  • Use simple language for legal terms.
  • Explain the law in context.
  • Write medical information clearly.
  • Explain medical terms.
  • Use clear language for financial information.
  • Explain financial terminology.
  • Give examples of conceptual financial arrangements.

Legal, medical and financial terms in the Readability Guidelines

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