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1. Usage without social pretensions, overly complex structures, and such actual or supposed frills as poetic flourishes, foreignisms, and technical jargon.

2. Plain English: Drafting Documents in Plain Language (title of book published by the US Practising Law Institute, 1980).

3. The usage of the Protestant denomination known as the Quakers or Society of Friends (founded in the 17c), which favoured the use of thou and thee long after it ceased to be part of mainstream English.