Jargon helps keep citizens at bay

Implementing the Plain Language Act is fighting the tide of history that at least goes back to the time of the Norman invasion of England in the 11th century. (July 20 article, “U.S. anti-gobbledygook law off to a spotty start.”)

The language of the conquerors/governors was French. The language of the common people was English. The stilted language of our legal system still holds on to remnants of this vernacular chasm. Those who are called to jury duty are still put through voir dire examination. Even though our government is of and by the people, the government itself is able to keeps itself at arms length from the average citizen by continuing to maintain the implied class distinction of dense and obfuscating language.

Thomas Munyon