English is fun

December 13, 2008

The winter 2008-9 forecast on UK Met Office won the annual award of the Plain English Campaign, more on Telegraph UK. We do forecast at work for business so let me try

Quarterly forecasts indicate how slowly-varying large-scale economic climate influences make particular Quarterly conditions more likely than others. Random, unpredictable factors (‘chaos’) also partly determine year-to-year variations, and these will sometimes override large-scale influences. Such uncertainty makes a probabilistic format, as used here, advisable for Quarterly forecasts.

Changed a few words and this is ready to deploy.

I’ll be fired certainly and would have to learn to be a freelance writer if I put the above in the remark of my forecast.

Isn’t it enjoyable writing something like this, bad taste if you disapprove!

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