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Sarah's Writing Scores Higher Than That Of Most Educated Americans
The Daily News ^ | 6/14/11 | celeste katz

Posted on 06/14/2011 7:35:29 PM PDT by HMS Surprise

AOL Weird News gave two writing analytic companies samples of the former Alaska governor's recently released emails and both agree that the Tea Party favorite writes as if she's in middle school.

The 24,000 emails during Palin's time as Alaska governor are still being studied. But the documents are filled with her famous folksy phrases like "holy moly," "shindig" and "holy flippin' crap."

It turns out Palin's writing skills are still better than most educated Americans. Global Language Monitor gave Palin's emails a score of 8.2, which actually exceeds that of most chief execs. "She's very concise. She gives clear orders. Her sentences and punctuations are logical," said Paul Payack of GLS. "She has much more of a disciplined mind than she's given credit for."

John Katzman, CEO of another company, 2tor, gave Palin a score of 8.5. He said the potential presidential candidate's emails scored higher than his own, when based on the widely-used Flesch-Kincaid readability test.

(Excerpt) Read more at nydailynews.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012; bachmann; elections; obama; palin
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Gosh, Sarah is smart. Move along.
1 posted on 06/14/2011 7:35:33 PM PDT by HMS Surprise
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To: HMS Surprise

I AIM for 8 when I write nontech stuff. It’s clear and the majority of people understand it.

I’m tempted to take some Nina Totenberg articles and run them through Word to get a “reading level” on them.


2 posted on 06/14/2011 7:39:27 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: HMS Surprise

The problem is with her speaking style. Most Americans will form their impressions on what she said, not what she wrote.


3 posted on 06/14/2011 7:41:26 PM PDT by ari-freedom (All we are saying....is give the military a chance)
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To: DBrow

IIRC, 8th grade was the recommended level back when I was writing for corporations (90s-00s)


4 posted on 06/14/2011 7:41:32 PM PDT by Huck (The Antifederalists were right!)
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To: HMS Surprise
I imagine that Governor Palin writes "to" her audience. If she's writing to someone she knows well, she uses a more intimate style. If she's writing a business letter, it would be more formal.

I've found myself in a variety of work situations in my life. In some situations, I've worked for executives who were semi-literate but quite smart in spite of their lack of communicative skills. I've worked for people who were quite literate and lousy leaders. There are many extremes out there and even more in between.

5 posted on 06/14/2011 7:42:35 PM PDT by davisfh (Islam is a mental illness with global social consequences)
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To: HMS Surprise

I said this exact thing about Palin—though I explained it in terms of the way she processes logic, not in a numerical measurement of her reading skills—back about two years ago when she was under attack on this website for being “unintelligent.”


6 posted on 06/14/2011 7:45:21 PM PDT by reasonisfaith (Pray for Israel.)
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To: DBrow

I sit back, hands folded behind my head, eyes gazing skyward, and wonder: Is this information that will ever penetrate the mental force-fields of the crazed, PDS-suffering, Luddites on the Left?


7 posted on 06/14/2011 7:45:32 PM PDT by HMS Surprise (Chris Christie can go to hell.)
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To: ari-freedom

I cannot disagree that she speaks unlike a normal politician... OK, one more time with feeling... What’s the problem again?


8 posted on 06/14/2011 7:47:24 PM PDT by HMS Surprise (Chris Christie can go to hell.)
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To: HMS Surprise

I kind of like using phrases like holy moly if the context calls for it. Why not?

Sarah doesn’t do that because she’s stupid. She does it because she enjoys it. As well she might.

Obama, on the other hand, can’t string together a whole sentence without resorting to his teleprompters. As for Joe Biden. . . .


9 posted on 06/14/2011 7:48:44 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: ari-freedom
ari-freedom's The problem is with her speaking style...

Fixed it for you! She's not from Nu Yawk, don'tcha know!

Click to learn more about her...

Elect Sarah Palin for President 2012

Re-Elect President Sarah Palin 2016

10 posted on 06/14/2011 7:52:27 PM PDT by WVKayaker (The GOP needs to live the planks of its platform, not just offer lip service. -Sarah Palin 8/2008)
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To: ari-freedom
The problem is with her speaking style.

I agree. I wish she would slow down and... some Maggie Thatcher lessons perhaps.

I support her and believe she'd make a great president; but, her speaking is her weakest point. Unfortunately, today,that's important.

11 posted on 06/14/2011 7:52:33 PM PDT by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: HMS Surprise

We could compare her writing with Obamas. Oh, wait. Nothing Obama has EVER written has ever been released to the public.


12 posted on 06/14/2011 7:54:41 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: HMS Surprise

Barak Obama’s writing was forwaded to be analyzed. Based on the sample looked at, the score indicated that Obama has not yet graduated kindergarden. It seems there was nothing to analyze.


13 posted on 06/14/2011 8:00:30 PM PDT by Bryan24 (When in doubt, move to the right..........)
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To: HMS Surprise

Holy buckets!


14 posted on 06/14/2011 8:02:29 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: Cicero
Obama in Bristol, VA, during 2008 campaign.
15 posted on 06/14/2011 8:05:45 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: Bryan24

All Obama knows, he learned in Kindergarden!


16 posted on 06/14/2011 8:05:50 PM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: HMS Surprise

Hemmingway probably wrote at a 7th grade level.

He despised authors who used words that people had to look up.


17 posted on 06/14/2011 8:06:11 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (LPFOKETT GAHCOEEP-w/o*)
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To: Bryan24
Barak Obama’s writing was forwaded to be analyzed. Based on the sample looked at....

it was determined that a college professor named William Ayres wrote it.

18 posted on 06/14/2011 8:07:48 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (LPFOKETT GAHCOEEP-w/o*)
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To: HMS Surprise

and this without the help of a ghost writer and a teleprompter..


19 posted on 06/14/2011 8:11:52 PM PDT by max americana (.)
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To: ari-freedom
The problem is with her speaking style

I'm from MN and she sounds perfectly normal to me. But then a San Francisco lisp or a New Yawk angry accent sounds downright "foreign" to me.

20 posted on 06/14/2011 8:13:00 PM PDT by Prokopton
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To: HMS Surprise

Notice how she always capitalizes the first letter of a paragraph in her emails.

Semiliterates here should take note...


21 posted on 06/14/2011 8:16:28 PM PDT by wolficatZ (Somebody once wrote "Revenge is a dish that has to be eaten cold".)
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To: HMS Surprise

Ari-freedom problem IS Palin..


22 posted on 06/14/2011 8:19:02 PM PDT by Bigtigermike
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To: HMS Surprise

23 posted on 06/14/2011 8:40:29 PM PDT by definitelynotaliberal (There is no native criminal class except Congress. Mark Twain)
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To: P-Marlowe

Well, there’s a reason you write newspapers, instructions, and pretty much anything else designed for mass consumption at an eighth-grade level: You need to in order to maximize the number of people who can understand you.

If you’re writing a thesis, knock yourself out. If not, tone it down.


24 posted on 06/14/2011 8:53:29 PM PDT by OnlyTurkeysHaveLeftWings
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To: HMS Surprise

What he needed to address a classroom of 6th graders!

25 posted on 06/14/2011 9:04:34 PM PDT by Brandonmark (News Coverage)
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To: HMS Surprise

I’ve slammed Palin for several years here on FR, attracting the displeasure of a good number of Freepers in the process. I’ve been quick to label her a “lightweight,” and did so just last week in fact.

But something has changed. I’m still in the process of re-evaluating her as I write tonight, but I can say this much. The letter she wrote to her family, a letter that was intended for their private consumption only, about the imminent birth of a son she knew to be a Down’s baby, is without question one of the most moving, sensitive and insightful testaments I’ve ever read. I could not have written that letter. She showed writing skill and ability that amazed me. The letter was masterfully done in the voice of the Creator, and every word shined out with love and wisdom.

Sarah Palin is not a lightweight, and I will never use that term to refer to her again.


26 posted on 06/14/2011 9:16:58 PM PDT by beckett (Amor Fati)
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To: ari-freedom
Her speaking style is the same. Folksy, down home. It is like listening to your aunt from Minnesota.

Personally I don't find anything wrong with that. We have a great orator (teleprompter reader) in office now and what has that gotten us?

27 posted on 06/14/2011 9:22:20 PM PDT by pfflier
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To: beckett

I had written her off during the reality show thing - especially when she hosted Kate Gosselin.

This bus tour was interesting - the way she was sticking it to the media.

The Paul Revere thing was hysterical.

And then the press thinks they’ve REALLY got her with the e-mails right?

Not only do they shed light on what a good governor she was - it’s happening side-by-side the Weiner scandal.
The contrast couldn’t be brighter!

Yeah - I’m back in her camp now. I’d still like to see Paul Ryan throw his hat in too.


28 posted on 06/14/2011 9:25:00 PM PDT by Scotswife
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To: HMS Surprise
But the documents are filled with her famous folksy phrases like "holy moly," "shindig" and "holy flippin' crap."

I'm a fan of expressing informality in emails, texting, postings on websites by taking grammar/spelling liberties.

Using "gonna" as a substitute for "going to" indicates humor and/or southerness. But I'm still in favor of proper capitalization and punctuation.

Everybody sing... "Conjunction Junction what's your Function?"

29 posted on 06/14/2011 9:30:31 PM PDT by Tex-Con-Man
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To: HMS Surprise

The media did not even give Palin and her family credit for existing as human beings. They made her out to be a total monster and freak.

I will never forget what the MSM did - in unison - to Gov. Palin and her family.


30 posted on 06/14/2011 9:37:19 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

ping


31 posted on 06/14/2011 9:43:21 PM PDT by Gene Eric (*** Jesus ***)
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To: HMS Surprise

A capable political writer can write at any grade level you want, pretty much on demand.

And for general political purposes an eighth grade level is about as high as one dare go.

In other words, this whole thing is stupid.


32 posted on 06/14/2011 9:44:44 PM PDT by EternalVigilance ('We hold these truths to be self-evident...' Are you still part of that 'we'?)
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To: Brandonmark

>> What he needed to address a classroom of 6th graders!

This will all be brought into perspective one day.


33 posted on 06/14/2011 9:45:58 PM PDT by Gene Eric (*** Jesus ***)
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To: beckett

Hats off to you for admitting your were wrong. Too many people just cannot bring themselves to do that preferring to dig in and make themselves appear stupid when obviously wrong.


34 posted on 06/14/2011 9:48:28 PM PDT by arrogantsob
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To: beckett

Welcome home, pilgrim.


35 posted on 06/14/2011 9:49:11 PM PDT by Jo Nuvark (Those who bless Israel will be blessed, those who curse Israel will be cursed. Gen 12:3)
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To: HMS Surprise
People forget her father was a teacher... a science teacher
36 posted on 06/14/2011 9:55:44 PM PDT by tophat9000 (Global Warming, undeniable truth; Obama, infallible genius; Apple perfect, invented everything)
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To: HMS Surprise

Golly!


37 posted on 06/14/2011 9:55:53 PM PDT by Vendome ("Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it anyway")
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To: D-fendr
her speaking is her weakest point.

Let me put a qualifier on that... her general conversational speaking... giving a speech she outstanding ...personally I thought her after Tucson shooting speech was perfect in tone and content ....screw that talking heads opinions on that one

38 posted on 06/14/2011 10:03:54 PM PDT by tophat9000 (Global Warming, undeniable truth; Obama, infallible genius; Apple perfect, invented everything)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

http://www.glennbeck.com/2011/06/13/experts-sarah-palin-best-person-in-world-history/

Here is Beck’s take on the media’s failed witch hunt. It’s funny.

His question is “who writes that many e-mails while thinking they are private, and manages to not have any, not even one!, offensive message.”

Liberals hate good and love evil.


39 posted on 06/14/2011 10:07:14 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: Blood of Tyrants
We could compare her writing with Obamas. Oh, wait. Nothing Obama has EVER written has ever been released to the public.

That's fine. Obama is free to choose not to enter.

40 posted on 06/14/2011 10:14:35 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: D-fendr; ari-freedom

It is hard for me to believe that people who saw and remember Gov. Palin’s speech as her introduction as a VEEP candidate and her speech to the 2008 GOP convention would criticize her speaking ability? That is one of her best attributes which is why she is a speaker in demand.

Perhaps you are thinking of interviews?


41 posted on 06/14/2011 10:24:14 PM PDT by JLS (How to turn a recession into a depression: elect a Dem president with a big majorities in Congress)
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To: definitelynotaliberal

42 posted on 06/14/2011 10:24:50 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet ("We didn't lose Vietnam. We quit Vietnam." ~Gen. Al Haig)
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To: JLS
"Gov. Palin’s speech as her introduction as a VEEP candidate"

One of the best political speeches of modern times -- delivered with a malfunctioning telepromter.

43 posted on 06/14/2011 10:35:29 PM PDT by UnwashedPeasant (Don't nuke me, bro)
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To: onyx

Ping....be sure to read #26


44 posted on 06/14/2011 11:31:23 PM PDT by fantail 1952 (Truth is a virus!)
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To: HMS Surprise

Underestimate her intellect at your peril...


45 posted on 06/14/2011 11:33:24 PM PDT by SarahPalinForPresident2012 (She's runnin')
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To: HMS Surprise

She’s everything the East Coast snobs and West Coast leftists detest. They’ve been pretending that the rest of America can be ignored, that for all practical purposes it doesn’t exist. Sarah resonates with the rest of America, the part of the country which still believes in America.


46 posted on 06/15/2011 12:09:26 AM PDT by Rocky (REPEAL IT!)
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To: Huck
I only have an eighth grade formal education and a GED. But as an engineering tech, I was assigned the technical write up's for many projects.

I have also been granted US mechanical patents:

4,377,206 and 4,468,194

47 posted on 06/15/2011 12:18:11 AM PDT by Sea Parrot
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To: HMS Surprise

“Is this information that will ever penetrate the mental force-fields of the crazed, PDS-suffering, Luddites on the Left?”

Only with the aid of a sawed off two row 12 loaded with triple ought buck to get their rapt attention first.


48 posted on 06/15/2011 12:35:44 AM PDT by Sea Parrot
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To: beckett

I sure would like to read this letter. How can I find it?

Thank you


49 posted on 06/15/2011 12:48:53 AM PDT by saintgermaine
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To: beckett

I admire you for doing that posting and for admitting that you may have misjudged her. ...Good on ya!


50 posted on 06/15/2011 1:21:21 AM PDT by octex
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