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Plain English Lexicon

PlainEngLexiconScreenShotNot sure whether ‘determine’ is an easier word than ‘terminate’, whether ‘perpetrator’ is easier than ‘wrongdoer’, or whether ‘while’ is more common than ‘whilst’? 

It’s often hard to know what words your readers are likely to understand or to see regularly. 

Now, our unique ‘Plain English Lexicon’ enables you to make informed choices about the familiarity and frequency of 2,700 words that sometimes occur in public-information documents.

The lexicon (second edition, June 2011) draws on two important pieces of research evidence: the ‘Living Word Vocabulary’ (a rare book published in the USA and not available in online form) and the 100-million-word British National Corpus.

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