I absolutely love Matt Daniels’ award-winning Longest Vocabulary in Hip Hop and have thought about language analysis projects ever since. I thought the Republican debate might be a fun arena to explore language, although I wasn’t the first. Jack Shafer wrote about Donald Trump talking like a third grader on Politico a day before inspiration struck me. I still think it’s fun to see all candidates stacked up against each other.
I used Washington Post’s transcript of the August 6 GOP debate and calculated Flesch-Kincaid reading grade levels using this calculator. Example books for each grade level are from the excellent Scholastic Book Wizard.
Info We Trust is a data adventure exploring how to better humanize information. To learn more read the opening post here. The creator, RJ Andrews, is an engineer and proud Northeastern University and MIT graduate. Please reach out through facebook, twitter @infowetrust, or the contact page. Prints are available here.