Worst Words of 2023

Vote for the Worst Words of 2023

Around 44% of Australians struggle to read, and yet many businesses and government agencies continue to use  spin, doublespeak, jargon and bad business buzzwords. It leaves readers confused and frustrated, and it makes us see red!

As one of Australia’s leading providers of plain language training and editing, we’re passionate about driving a better standard of public language.

For over a decade, we’ve highlighted the worst offenders through our yearly Worst Words list.

Join the quest to find the worst words of the year

This year, we’re sharing the joy with you. For the first time since we started this quest back in 2010, we’re inviting you to be a judge!

Language lovers, please check out the strange, silly and shocking contenders we’ve found this year. Then help us to choose the worst of the worst. Voting is open from 21 November to 5 December

A frustrated corporate worker has steam coming out of his ears. The Plain English Foundation logo sits in the bottom right-hand corner.

Everyone who votes will be entered into the draw to win:

  • a free place in one of our most popular and highly rated plain language workshops
  • a copy of Writing at Work, the invaluable guidebook to clear communication. 

For more information, read this competition’s terms and conditions, or contact us.

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