Comments: Readability

I checked this a couple of days ago, I think when it showed up on Volokh Conspiracy.

Gunning Fog Index 7.70
Flesch Reading Ease 75.66
Flesch-Kincaid Grade 4.62

For me, a low score is more a side effect of some training. If there are several possible words to explain something, I will nearly always pick the simpler one.

Posted by owlish at April 28, 2005 10:26 AM

Was it Strunk and White who recommended picking the shorter Anglo-Saxon word to the longer Latinate one whenever possible? Whoever did, it's good advice.

Posted by JohnL at April 28, 2005 09:46 PM

Professionally, it probably is good advice, at least until an editor wants more high-falutin language in a paper or something. Writing, I would like to be able to make conscious decisions about my language, and even though I've got a ridiculous vocabulary [even though I can't spell worth a darn] it isn't really under my direct control.

Posted by owlish at April 28, 2005 11:54 PM

Gunning Fog Index 7.98
Flesch Reading Ease 75.51
Flesch-Kincaid Grade 5.01

...obviously I need to work more on living up to my blogname...

Posted by LDH at April 29, 2005 12:28 PM
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