This is interesting...

Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on November 9, 2007

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  1. Mine registered junior high school level, even though I use words like "Tergiversation," which I didn't even know existed in Junior High School.

    On the other hand, at least I know the average unhinged lefty will be able to understand it. Too bad I don't write much about politics.

  2. Writing with accuracy and clarity are virtues, not vices. Being rated at a postgraduate level in anything other than a technical article aimed at a technical audience simply means the writer intends to obfuscate or is showing off.

    My daughter is a medical technology student and she knows a lot of biochemistry and concepts that simply did not exist when I took those subjects in HS and college. I don't consider myself ignorant - I can understand the concepts but I certainly do't have her vocabulary or knowledge of the details.

    Conversely, I am often required to explain computer problems in non-technical terms for management. Many of these people are business generalists or financial experts. They aren't stupid people, they just have a different vocabulary. You would be amazed at the number of ways "we don't know" or "we made a mistake" can be hidden behind terms the audience does not understand.


The @sdutOpinion Editorial pages used to be fairly mainstream conservative. When I applied for a letters editor opening there in the mid-00s, I was asked if there's an editorial I wouldn't write. I replied: a pro-abortion one. 1/

Supreme Court: “The Second Amendment is not a second class right. States can’t use subjective criteria when issuing carry permits.”
California: “But what if we added in illegal viewpoint discrimination, and violated the First Amendment at the same time?”

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