FLOTUS speech written at a 12th grade level
By BYRON TAU |
9/5/12 12:55 PM EDT
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — First lady Michelle Obama's Tuesday speech was written at a 12th grade level and was the most 'advanced' speech ever delivered by a presidential nominee's spouse, an analysis finds.
The University of Minnesota's Smart Politics blog finds, using the Flesch-Kincaid readability test, that Obama's speech was delivered at a 12.84 grade level.
That's in contrast with Ann Romney's speech last week at the Republican convention, which measured at a 5th grade level.
The test — which does not factor in the message of speeches — judges readability by word syllables and sentence structure.
President Obama, on the other hand, has delivered some of the lowest grade level State of the Unions — preferring shorter, simpler sentences in his addresses.
And readability is not an easy proxy for either the complexity of the ideas in the speech, or the quality of the speech — just a measure of a particular speaker or writer's style.