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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Donald Trump international speak uses 3rd grade words

Although candidate Donald Trump's incendiary rhetoric is dangerous, his third grade level language is also worrisome, because he uses simple and short words to describe concepts that are extremely complicated.  
Image result for elementary school graphicDonald Trump talks like an elemntary school student. but the concepts he communicates, like international terrorism, are far more complex than his simplton incendiary rhetoric describes.

Indeed, Trump calls the self declared "evil ISIS" caliphate "bad". Well, yes, in fact, ISIS surely is evil and that makes the self declared Caliphate state "bad".  

So, Donald Trump, why tell us something that we already know! 
After identifying evil ISIS as being "bad", then Trump says "water boarding" might win the war against the terrorist group.  This simple language and even simpler reasoning doesn't improve our understanding about how to defeat evil- ISIS. Moreover, the idea that using "water boarding" torture will somehow magically defeat evil ISIS, is plainly stupid. In fact, the use of water boarding will do virtually and literally nothing to defeat the evil ISIS. Torture only impacts one person at a time and the victims say whatever they need to, as a way to stop their pain.

Politico reports- Donald Trump Talks Like a Third-Grader
By Jack Shafer in Politico

Trump talks like a simpleton. 

If you were to market Donald Trump’s vocabulary as a toy, it would resemble a small box of Lincoln Logs

Trump resists multisyllabic words and complex sentence constructions when speaking extemporaneously in a debate, at a news conference or in an interview. He prefers to link short, blocky words into other short, blocky words to create short, blocky sentences that he then stacks into short, blocky paragraphs.

The end result of Trump’s word choice is less the stripped-down prose style of Ernest Hemingway than it is a spontaneous reinvention of Ogden’s Basic English, the pared-down lexicon of 850 words selected by early 20th century linguist/philosopher C.K. Ogden as the bedrock of a new world language. 

In the August 6th Republican candidates debate, Trump answered the moderators’ questions with linguistic austerity. (linguistic austerity?) OMG, surely, people who follow candidate Donald Trump can't continue to believe he can re-make the world with 3rd grade language? If they do, they're dangerously wrong.

Run through the Flesch-Kincaid grade-level test, his text of responses score at the 4th-grade reading level. For Trump, that’s actually pretty advanced. All the other candidates rated higher, with Ted Cruz earning 9th-grade status. Ben Carson, Mike Huckabee, and Scott Walker scored at the 8th-grade level. John Kasich, the next-lowest after Trump, got a 5th-grade score.

(It's time for candidate Donald Trump to explain his vision for making "his version" of America "great again". Three letter words won't make the US nation great again. Rather, simple words only makes all Americans look as stupid as Trump.)

Jack Shafer is POLITICO's senior media writer. Previously, Jack wrote a column about the press and politics for Reuters and before that worked at Slate as a columnist and as the site's deputy editor. 

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