Skip to comments.Sarah's Writing Scores Higher Than That Of Most Educated Americans
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.
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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.
The problem is with her speaking style. Most Americans will form their impressions on what she said, not what she wrote.
IIRC, 8th grade was the recommended level back when I was writing for corporations (90s-00s)
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.
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.”
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?
I cannot disagree that she speaks unlike a normal politician... OK, one more time with feeling... What’s the problem again?
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. . . .
Fixed it for you! She's not from Nu Yawk, don'tcha know!
Elect Sarah Palin for President 2012
Re-Elect President Sarah Palin 2016
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.
We could compare her writing with Obamas. Oh, wait. Nothing Obama has EVER written has ever been released to the public.
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.
All Obama knows, he learned in Kindergarden!
Hemmingway probably wrote at a 7th grade level.
He despised authors who used words that people had to look up.
it was determined that a college professor named William Ayres wrote it.
and this without the help of a ghost writer and a teleprompter..
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.
Notice how she always capitalizes the first letter of a paragraph in her emails.
Semiliterates here should take note...
Ari-freedom problem IS Palin..
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.
What he needed to address a classroom of 6th graders!
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.
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?
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.
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?"
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.
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.
>> What he needed to address a classroom of 6th graders!
This will all be brought into perspective one day.
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.
Welcome home, pilgrim.
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
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.
That's fine. Obama is free to choose not to enter.
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?
One of the best political speeches of modern times -- delivered with a malfunctioning telepromter.
Ping....be sure to read #26
Underestimate her intellect at your peril...
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.
I have also been granted US mechanical patents:
“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.
I sure would like to read this letter. How can I find it?
I admire you for doing that posting and for admitting that you may have misjudged her. ...Good on ya!