If you have listened to Donald Trump’s ramblings at his pep rallies, you may have noticed that he speaks in geometric circles that only his own mother could understand.
Evidently, there’s a reason for that. No, it’s not because his communications staff consists of a gaggle of yes men.
A study by the Language Technologies Institute (LTI) School of Computer Science at the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University, has established the reading level of each candidate’s speeches, provided by a number of transcripts for each candidate, including campaign trail speeches, victory speeches and defeat speeches.
And Trump supporters have a reading level that corresponds to that used by students aged 11 and under. Yes, sixth graders, America.
The vocabulary of all candidates, as well as Presidents Reagan, Dubya, Clinton and Lincoln, were included in this game of verbal joust. In terms of what is said, Trump is dead last.
As for how it is said, Bush 43 was in the rear view, so please insert your joke here, if you’re so inclined.
Maxine Eskenazi, who also carried out the study, said: “Assessing the readability of campaign speeches is a little tricky because most measures are geared to the written word, yet text is very different from the spoken word.”
“When we speak, we usually use less structured language with shorter sentences,” she said.
Someone’s been watching the GOP debates apparently.
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