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Editorial Help Desk:
Your Resource for Grammar and MCPS Style
Word of the Month
1. Pretentious, fancy.
2. Expressed in or marked by the use of language that is elaborated or heightened by artificial or empty means. Synonym: Pompous, giving a highfalutin speech.
Tip of the Month
Design Your Message
Part of getting your message across to your audience successfully is designing your communication. The visual appearance is just as important as the content. It may make or break your efforts to communicate your message.
- Use plain language. A communication is in plain language if its wording, structure, and design are so clear that the intended audience can easily find what they need, understand what they find, and use that information.
International Plain Language Federation
- Consider your layout.
Make sure you have plenty of white space to help separate your content into groups of information. White space also gives the appearance of calmness and simplicity, as opposed to crowded chaos.
- Use a font that is simple
and make it a size that is easy for your audience to read. Times Roman and Arial (11 or 12 point) are popular.
- Start with a call to action for your readers
and use succinct, useful headings to separate information and help readers navigate the content.
- Use bullets and numbering
to help make your information easy to follow.
- Do not be afraid to
use tables, charts, and photographs to simplify your information and make it appealing.
It's all about getting your audience to engage in the document and get the information they need from it. It's also about getting them to respond to your call to action.
Learn more at the Editorial Summit, November 8, 9 a.m. to 12 noon, CESC auditorium.
Contact Donna M. Marks on Outlook or call 301-517-8139.
Learn to decipher the alphabet soup! Look it up in MCPS Acronyms
Do you know the difference between an ELT and an EMT, between FLS and FLES? Keep this reference on hand and you'll never get lost in jargon.
MCPS Acronyms (PDF)