24 April 2005
Thirty-five articles from last week were up on the front page (plus the usual sidebar detritus) when I sent it through this Readability Test, and these are the results:
Total sentences: 1,201
Total words: 8,408
Average words per Sentence: 7.00
Words with 1 Syllable: 5,521
Words with 2 Syllables: 1,659
Words with 3 Syllables: 941
Words with 4 or more Syllables: 287
Percentage of words with three or more syllables: 14.61%
Average Syllables per Word: 1.52
Gunning Fog Index: 8.64
Flesch Reading Ease: 70.84
Flesch-Kincaid Grade: 5.12
Robert Gunning's Fog Index is an estimate of educational accomplishment necessary to wade through this stuff: 8.64 suggests someone in the second semester of 9th grade might be able to decipher it.
The two Flesch scores are derived similarly. The Reading Ease number falls on a descending scale of 100 to 1, where 100 is down below "One state, two state, red state, blue state" and 1 is beyond even an automatic Chomsky generator. The Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level is a conversion of the Reading Ease figure to US grade-school levels; apparently Flesch and/or Kincaid have faith that the sixth-graders can handle this material, even though Gunning thinks it's almost out of middle-school range.
Sudden fear: that a middle-school teacher will actually assign this drivel.
Note: Two years ago, Oscar Jr. applied Flesch-Kincaid to a different set of articles and came up with a Grade Level of 9.6 for this site.
(By way of the highly-readable Acidman.)Posted at 12:05 PM to Blogorrhea
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