Writing Readably Doesn’t Mean You’re Stupid
JUNE 7, 2012
The analytical tool used by the study is the Flesch-Kincaid readability test , which, as Daum puts it, associates long words and sentences with higher grade levels. Yesterday, I celebrated long writing. Today, I’m going to demonize it. The Fog Index Algorithm. My point yesterday was that long-form writing, such as a book, often engages readers effectively. But when it comes to words and sentences, length can be a reader’s enemy. I hadn’t planned on this follow-up today.