Congress’s vocabulary falls a full grade level in seven years

22 05 2012

I’m surprised that it’s that high, honestly.

– dEV

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By at 9:53 am Tuesday, May 22

Nicko from the Sunlight Foundation sez,

 The U.S. Congress speaks at nearly a full grade level lower than it did seven years ago, according to a new Sunlight Foundation analysis. Using the CapitolWords.org website — which features the most popular words and phrases in the Congressional Record since 1996 — Sunlight reviewed the vocabulary and sentence structure of what members of Congress are saying.

Today’s Congress speaks at about a 10.6 grade level, down from a high of 11.5 in 2005. By comparison, the U.S. Constitution is written at a 17.8 grade level, the Federalist Papers at a 17.1 grade level and the Declaration of Independence at a 15.1 grade level. The Flesch-Kincaid test was used to conduct the analysis, which equates higher-grade levels with longer words and longer sentences.

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http://boingboing.net/2012/05/22/congresss-vocabulary-falls-a.html

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