Re: Fog Index, take II

Subject: Re: Fog Index, take II
From: "Brad Jensen" <brad -at- elstore -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 31 May 2002 23:39:59 -0500

----- Original Message -----
From: "Bruce Byfield" <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Cc: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Sent: Friday, May 31, 2002 10:12 PM
Subject: Re: Fog Index, take II

> Mysti Rubert wrote:
> > The point is, if you write simple sentences, using the shortest words
> > that are still accurate and as complete as necessary, your readers
> > will grasp the material more quickly. This has been measure, no I
> > don't have
> > sources at hand.
> >
> I agree with you, but I don't think you need any sources to prove this
> point.

I read the above line, then laughed my way all the way through the
rest of your reply, which was written with complicated sentence structure
big long highfalutin' words - necessary words.

I'll leave just one of your paragraphs:

> Therefore, unless anyone wants to claim that remembering one item is no
> easier than remembering several, a simple sentence communicates more
> effectively than a compound, complex, or compound-complex sentence.

> Bruce Byfield bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com 604.421.7177

Great sentence, and clear communication, and it violates your
best practices entirely.

Sometimes you can't beat

"Pull pin A from grenade B, and throw grenade without delay
so that it travels at least 30 feet away."

But other times you need a little more finesse, a little more

Brad Jensen

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