I start a new class this week: Technical Writing. The first reading assignment comes from the SEC: A Plain English Handbook - How to create clear SEC disclosure documents. It's pretty easy reading, sensible in its recommendations, and I started to think...hey, this could seriously catch on. Then I realized that one of the names on the document was Chairman Arthur Leavitt (not Former Chairman), and then I checked the date: August 1998, and my spirits fell. Of the scores of reports I've casually read over the past few years, pretty well every one used four words where one would suffice. I don't think Plain English has caught on, thus far - but how about the future? What do you think? Will Plain English ever catch on?