- Plain English Awards

In an age of fake news and doublespeak, words have more power than ever to confuse us. So our awards take a look at some of the biggest blunders of 2019, as well as individuals who embrace the language with simplicity and clarity.

With the campaign now in its 40th year, let's first take a look at the monumental gaffes of our previous winners in our Hall of Shame:

Let's test your knowledge - who do you think said these quotes?

Question 1 - Who said this?

"I know who I am. No one else knows who I am. If I was a giraffe and somebody said I was a snake, I'd think 'No, actually I am a giraffe."

Question 2 - Who said this?

"I love England, especially the food. There's nothing I like more than a lovely bowl of pasta."

Question 3 - Who said this?

"Brexit means Brexit and we're going to make a Titanic success of it."

Question 4 - Who said this?

"The internal mayhem I'm feeling is spilling out everywhere. I loved it, and felt very connected to activism - particularly activism that feels loaded with potential. Not the oppositional activism that seems like there's a stasis around it - earnestly sincere, but a monolith equal to the establishment."

Question 5 - Who said this?

"He is inexperienced, but he's experienced in terms of what he's been through"

Question 6 - Who said this?

"I do not believe that. At this moment in time, if that changes in years to come I don't know, but what happens here today and changes as we go along that is part of life's learning and part of your inner beliefs. But at this moment in time I did not say them things and at the end of the day I want to put that on record because it has hurt people."

Question 7 - Who said this?

"I know what I believe. I will continue to articulate what I believe and what I believe - I believe what I believe is right", and, "I hope you leave here and walk out and say, 'what did he say?'"

Question 8 - Who said this?

"These balls now - they literally explode off your feet"

Question 9 - Who said this?

"When it comes to words I have a uniqueness that I find almost impossible in terms of art - and it's my words that actually make my art quite unique."

But 2019 hasn't been constantly confusing. There are many people out there who have spoken with simplicity and clarity:

Winners will be selected early December.

For the full list of 2019 nominees, and more information on the ongoing battle against confusing gobbledygook, please visit Plain English

The nominees