Saturday, February 16, 2013


Exile in Portales provided an interesting opportunity to test the incredible writing of this site. He pointed us at:  This clever little site takes text from a blog site and computes all manner of smart intelligent shiny things. So I did it anyway.

The numbers are in:

Reading Ease

A higher score indicates easier readability; scores usually range between 0 and 100.
Readability Formula Score
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease 58.4

Grade Levels

A grade level (based on the USA education system) is equivalent to the number of years of education a person has had. Scores over 22 should generally be taken to mean graduate level text.
Readability Formula Grade
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level 11
Gunning-Fog Score 13.8
Coleman-Liau Index 11.2
SMOG Index 9.9
Automated Readability Index 12.1
Average Grade Level 11.6

I'm happy with that. Clear and concise prose is what I was trained to write and pretty much what I write with the odd bit of snark thrown in --- always. I read a graduate level paper last week waxing lyrical about layered polymers of all things and my eyes were bleeding midway through. I shudder to think what would happen to them if I tried to read anything coming out of the MLA's chapped little hands. I pasted in some of that polymer paper and the results were too horrible to reveal.

I am going to post some Civil War letters followed later by stupid signs.

Oh, and if you use the shiny web site on your own blog do try to select the longest winded and most turgid prose you can find if you want to get your numbers up there in graduate level territory. Lots of syllables and stuff like that.

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