A few words probably spring to mind – but “plain” is unlikely to be one of them.
Strange, then, that the Daily Mail has been singled out for praise today by the Plain English Campaign. (Yes, it’s National Plain English Day.)
True enough, the words themselves are plain. No one is going to misunderstand “mob”, “gang” and “horror”. But maybe it’s a sign that plain words don’t necessarily add up to plain talking.
Perfectly straightforward language can also add up to some of the most insinuating, sly, offensive writing imaginable.
Still, let’s forget about that and poke fun at a footballer for misusing the word ‘literally’.