In New Zealand Passing a Law Promoting the Use of Simple Language in Government Documents Is Proving Complicated

From a Wall Street Journal story by Mike Cherney headlined “A Nation Tries to Banish Jargon. If Only It Were That Simple”:

During a recent session of New Zealand’s parliament, government lawmaker Sarah Pallett rose to recite “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” by William Wordsworth, a poem that used literary language to describe going for a walk and seeing daffodils.

“Good old Wordsworth,” Ms. Pallett said. “But that is the place for flowery, inaccessible language—in poetry and literature, and not in government legislation.”