Can you read this post?

Can you read this post?

How easy is this blog to read? Apparently, yesterday’s blog post A lick of paint is comfortable reading for 13 year old students – or grade 7. The prevous post, Don’t blame marketing for a sexist society, is seemingly much harder for some readers, requiring a year 12 or college level education to decipher. How do I know this? A little-known tool hidden within Microsoft Word that assesses readability according to the Flesch-Kincaid Readability Test (Wikipedia).

Resisting Extravagant Verbosity

Resisting Extravagant Verbosity

Should wordsmiths imbue compositions with dexterous and verbose adroitness? Or should writers use short, simple phrases? I often come against amateur writers, particular in business, who insist writing should be a demonstration of language skill.

Grammar Wars III: Return of Newspeak

Grammar Wars III: Return of Newspeak

You knew this was going to happen, right? Hopefully, it won’t mean I come back in a few years with three more posts that grossly disappoint everyone. The reason for yet another grammar article was, you guessed it, another embarrassing gaff on my part. As before, I believe it illustrates another interesting point in modern grammar; the effect technology is having on grammar and the language and the gradual shift towards fulfilling George Orwell‘s prediction of Newspeak.