Reading Level of Inauguration speeches

Reading Level of Inauguration speeches

No guns, but this is political. Note the downward trend over time. Funny thing is, the "Fog Index" used to caculate this chart is well known for grading on the high side. (I wrote and sold a readability program for the Apple II and the PC. Made enough money to buy my truck.) Thought you guys might find it mildly amusing.

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4 years 16 weeks ago, 6:19 PM

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disturbing

would be more like it.
Expected, no.
Surprised, no.

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4 years 16 weeks ago, 6:46 PM

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Actually im reading a couple of things on the civil war right now, and what i find interesting is the quality of the writing shown on the letters from that era.. Important note .. These are the supposedly under educated enlisted men. Obviously a lot of them were illiterate.. That being said ive read more than a hundred letters now from both sides, written by by lowly privates. The amazing thing is that these letters read like prose.. They are extraordinarily well composed, thoughtful, and in more than one instance ive found them far superior to anything from a professional person from today..in a word some of them are brilliant.. This became a deal around here.. our oldest is a school teacher, and she was unwilling at first to believe that the letters had not been doctored.. Only after showing her other works, and copies of the original letters did she come around and admit that we are going down hill in this area.. Bottom line enlisted men from 150 years ago were writing more intelligent letters than politicians of toady..

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4 years 16 weeks ago, 6:54 PM

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Greg, great reading

How are you?
The Declaration of Independence was better written than the last 200 bills passed by our government.
Nothing against our evolved language, but, older writings are just more clear and concise.
That alone should end the 2nd amendment arguments,
It means what it says.
PS
I hope the hall sex is over : )

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4 years 16 weeks ago, 7:21 PM

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little Spackle on the bullet holes, home is good as new..

Actually funny true story about that.. My cousin back in Illinois lived out in the sticks, and like all kids then we got rifles and shot guns when we were around 10 or so.. Anyway he was home alone, and got scared so he took his little 410 to bed with him (sleeping on a sofa in the living room) .. somehow he got the covers caught in the trigger, and Boom.. Hole in the wall.. missed the tv, which was thier first and a big deal by about 6".. This was real lucky for him for him, (you remember how parents didn't play around back then) didn't do any thing except the hole in the wall.(gives you an idea of how well made it was huh) So my Uncle in the best tradition of rural living ran the antenna cable out the hole.. which would have been ok, except they didn't even move the tv over to cover up the hole...heres the tv with the cable running over to this hole that you could see daylight thru...Looking back at it i think the folks were like "social climbers" cause i remember them always saying "sure wish they'd move that tv and cover up the hole...

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4 years 16 weeks ago, 6:55 PM

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now. It's pretty dense writing. but that's what readers expected back then. I also edited my grandfather's book, "Evolution and the Bible" (Here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/20968/Evolution-and-the-Bible ). He could make one paragraph and entire page long. But I was struck with how complex the writing was compared to today.

I just put Obama's speech through the Flesch-Kincaid scale and it came back 8.1. You can just subtract two grade levels from every one of those scores to get a somewhat more accurate one.

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke
3 years 36 weeks ago, 6:42 AM

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language

Due to the level of mass-media, accelerated "learning", and availability of information, our generation is able to watch our language change much more easily than in the past. Too bad it is fragmenting and degenerating rather than improving. Etymology and dialectic trends have always fascinated me. For instance, how the word 'varmint' came to be!

When I check written reports daily, I am always disgusted with the lack of grammar, spelling and communication skills I see in employees in the 21-25yoa range.

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