Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Lowest Common Denominator!

Comprehensibility tools are used to determine whether the written material you produce is suitable for the audience you are trying to communicate with.

Words such as - Haecceity or defenestrate or encapsulate or abstruse or assay or unequivocal - tend to push up the level of incomprehensibility. So do complex sentence structures and large paragraphs as well as the use of devices such as footnotes and reference identifiers.

Depending on the characteristics of the incomprehensibility tool technical jargon may be weighted as high or may be ignored.

In any case, the primary reason the tools are used is to facilitate better and more effective communication.
That's the business world.

In the bloggosphere they seem to be used as a measure of how intelligent or erudite the author may be or visa-versa.

Someone who copies and pastes or simply quotes a lot of verbose essays or editorial material may be recognized as an upscale wizard of words or someone without any sense no education or intelligence may get what appears to be a much better evaluation than they really deserve.

On the other hand a fellow with a wry sense of humor and some wit can elevate his standing by a little creative splattering of multi-syllabic verbs and adjectives.

You can try it yourself! Rate your favorites or rate yourself. Try a few of your least favorites.

It's called the Blog Readability Test and anyone can use it.

Draw your own conclusions!

OMMAG with a H/T to AWL-Jacks?

P/S - I found an unlikely way to skew the results! My level of comprehensibility is actually as low as she goes , which in this context means completely understandable! That's so whenever a liberal comes by they may get the point!

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Blogger Red Tory said...

I scored "Junior High" level. Thank goodness! That "Genius" tag is the kiss of death.

11/22/2007 7:35 a.m.  
Blogger OMMAG said...

Well hello Red.....
The weighting is based on some things that do not necessarily contribute to clear communication.

The reality is that the higher you score the less comprehensible you are.

I prefer to be clear...

11/22/2007 11:47 a.m.  
Blogger Paul MacPhail said...

LOL! The sign of true genius, OMMAG.Dead-on balls-accurate: Keep it simple!

11/28/2007 10:40 a.m.  

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