Re: Dumbing it down

Subject: Re: Dumbing it down
From: Suzette Seveny <sseveny -at- PETVALU -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 9 Dec 1998 10:43:30 -0500

You can "dumb" down a document by reducing the number of syllables per word,
the number of words per sentence and the number of sentences per paragraph.
All of these play a factor in readability, not just how big the words are.

Suzette Seveny
Markham, Ontario, Canada
sseveny -at- petvalu -dot- com or suzette -at- yesic -dot- com
Any opinions expressed are MY opinions.
Feel free to have your own.
Let's agree to disagree
But Please - Don't Flame Me.

On Tuesday, December 08, 1998 8:26 PM, Amy G. Peacock
[SMTP:apeacock -at- WOLFENET -dot- COM] wrote:
> Hi all,
> I just finished using the grammar checker in Word so that I could get
> some readability scores on my docs. That used to be alot easier than
> it is now - or maybe I am just doing it wrong...
> At any rate, my question isn't really about the grammar tool in Word.
> It's more about having to dumb down a document to a certain grade
> level of reading. The dumber the better it seems. My purpose in using
> the tool in the first place was to show the higherups (they do like to
> see those numbers, don't they?) that my words really aren't too
> big, etc. One doc had a readability level of 5.3 and the other had a
> level of 7.2. Not too bad, I thought.

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