Monday, November 12, 2007

Grade Inflation is Everywhere

After reading through John Farrell's post on the Church's attitude towards science, I browsed a little and found this entry linking to a "blog reading level" test site. FarrellMedia did well, meriting a "College (Postgrad)" reading level.

Very impressive, John! Oh well, I guess while I'm at it I'll just go ahead and test An Examined Life, not that these things mean anything, you know...tum te tum tum...

Hmmm...whatta ya know:

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11 comments:

John Farrell said...

LOL. My I take your coat for you, sir?

Tom said...

Grade inflation, indeed!

I ran this test on your blog last week, and it came out "College (Postgrad)."

Maybe it was this post that pushed it into genius territory.

Scott Carson said...

Your assertion is underdetermined by the available data!

(It's sentences like that that make the difference between genius and postgrad. So, yes, you're quite right about the causal story here.)

Scott Carson said...

By the way, Tom, did you happen to run the test on Disputations?

I did, and for a small fee I will keep quiet about it for up to three months.

Darwin said...

Fah. Since I last checked this, you have gone up and I have remained stationary.

Long obscure post coming right up...

Tom said...

By the way, Tom, did you happen to run the test on Disputations?

Indeed I did. You have your readership, and I have mine.

Matthew Lickona said...

Mr. Carson,
Wandered over here via Darwin. I have little doubt that you are a genius, but one of the dangers of being a genius is a certain, shall we say, abstraction from the realm of the common man. (And common is what I is.) Viz: your use of "Whatta ya know." "Whatta" is not a slang form of "What do," but rather, "What a," as in "Whatta maroon" (cf. Bunny, Bugs). The correct usage in this case would have been "Whaddya know." We now return you to your regularly scheduled genius-level commentary.

Scott Carson said...

Oh Matthew, Matthew, what are we going to do with you? I guess one just can't expect much from people who hang around in those College level blogs like DarwinCatholic.

Matthew Lickona said...

No, you certainly can't. Especially when my own blog is most likely right around third-grade level, with occasional bursts of seventh-grade sexual innuendo. I'm afraid there's nothing you can do.

Mike L said...

Scott:

My blog only got a "College" (undergrad) reading-level rating. I guess I'm just not highbrow enough.

Best,
Mike

Scott Carson said...

Mike

Either that, or you actually know how to write so that people can understand what you're trying to say. I've got the gift of incomprehensibility!