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If you ever have to type the word public, may I recommend you remove pubic from your spell checker. If you don’t, your spell checker will never pick up some potentially very embarrassing typos such as these!
A high ranking pervert in the military.
Not the business move the company was looking to make.
More access than you were planning to give.
I believe there are better terms.
Not where you were intending it to happen.
Pubic address system
Where you can hear broadcasts of the Vagina Monologues.
Pubic Broadcasting Service (PBS)
The open source free amateur porn channel, supported by viewers like you.
Keeping your private business in order.
Definitely not something you’d want to be disclosing!
For most people, talking out of one hole is plenty! ~ groin ~
Cunts and dick heads that talk.
A very formal pubic announcement.
A massive old porn collection.
Getting badly hurt in the groin area in any number of ways.
What connects the penis or clit head to the rest of your body.
What your genitalia calls a friend, or “non-sexual relations”, or a porn firm that trades on the stock markets.
Oral sex, whether you eat meat or pussy.
In what way? Vaseline?
Also known as the Vagina Dialogues, or vaginal discourse.
Exhibitionism or decorations down under.
What those sexual spam emails are promising.
A metaphor for the hole in the pubic area.
What those sexual spam emails are seeking.
Politically correct term for a cunt, dick head or politician!
That must be some growth and fetish! Who’s the whore-ticulturalist?
What LOTS of people would love to do!
The state of things down under.
Hey, now there’s a concept to solve Western World declining population!
Hard core BDSM of the worst kind!
I hear you can find one on Peter North or Jenna Jameson, but I’ve never been there.
A porn collection smaller than a pubic archive.
When genitalia doesn’t look like what you thought it would.
Thrusting the pelvis forward, especially without any lower garments.
A bathroom or toilet.
A gynecologist or urologist?
You’d have to be stooping pretty low to be gathering this level of input.
That must be one major growth!
Where genitals meet.
Something government should definitely stay out of!
What Bill Clinton had with Monica Lewinsky given they did not have sexual relations.
Barrier contraceptives, like condoms and garters, not the pill.
The most shameful and damning kind of scandal.
The ultimate submissive.
Can cover a wide range of activities so try to be more specific.
Where sex education should be taught.
The porn market, or a rarely used synonym for the private sector.
Probably not the kind of sex you’re trying to convey.
The area covered by underwear.
The art of talking elegantly for dick heads and cunts.
Being horny in a socially acceptable way.
Dangerous things done to the sensitive areas down there, like genital piercings and tattoos, maybe even Brazilian waxing.
That would be air mail.
The best ride of your life!
A sex toy.
Build it and they will come.
The view you get during oral sex.
Bling around your thing.
The anti-sexual type.
Those lacking and without sufficient pubic funds.
Seriously, I highly recommend you spell check any document you type, especially those that might be seen by others, i.e. pubic documents.
Got any to add?
With each entry, I check its Flesch-Kincaid Grade Reading Level to determine the grade level of education someone needs to get a good understanding of it from my writing style. If it’s above grade 12, I work it down to make it easier to read and improve my writing skills.
Before I get into the value of grade reading level, let me just say grade reading level is how easy something is to read, not necessarily understand. I could explain quantum mechanics to you using Dr Seuss’ language style, for example, and it would be easy to read since single syllabic words and short sentences with few subordinate clauses are used. However, trying to understand quantum mechanics taught to you that way? Good luck. Similar things can be said about a lot of poetry.
So why do I test my writing with Flesch-Kincaid?
It’s not because I think my readers are stupid. However, no matter at what level you read, if I can make it easier for you, I can make it more efficient and likely enjoyable for you. As well, I’m doing it to help myself by developing better communication skills.
My free thoughts are often unnecessarily big and convoluted, typical of a strong Myers-Briggs iNtuitive personality type that I am. I can focus to organize and truncate them, but it is not natural to me. Knowing from the start of each entry that my writing will be put through a readability test before posting has really helped me focus. In less than a month, I’ve gone from grade 16 first drafts (university degree level) to grade 10 so I don’t have to edit most drafts for readability. I haven’t chosen easier topics. I’m simply writing better! I’ve kept my words and sentences shorter, as well as employed some other plain language and effective writing techniques I will discuss in future posts. Writing at high school grades 10-12 level has almost become natural to me now!
But isn’t grade 10-12 reading level a little insulting to the readers?
Not if you knew the average adult in America reads at a grade 8-9 level!
(Check Q9 of Pfizer Quiz)
“Adult Literacy in America (NALS)” National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement (NCES 1993-275), April 2002.
Or that one in seven adult Americans (32 million) have such low literacy skills they cannot adequately read and understand a newspaper story, anything more difficult than a children’s picture book or a medication’s side effects listed on a pill bottle.
(USA Today, Jan 9 2008; US Federal study)
Even at the level I am allowing myself to blog at, grades 10-12, the average American can’t functionally read what I’m saying! Is that any way to try to draw an audience?
Some may say blog readers are smarter than the average person, or at least have better reading skills. They may be forgiven for that. After all, blog readers are reading to start with so they not only need reading skills, they are improving them. Still, that’s disrespectful to push your readers’ limits when you can push yours the other way to be a little mindful and write simpler. Content is ultimately key to a blog’s success, but while I have seen lots of tips and articles on subject matter and organization and such, I’ve hardly found anything on grade reading level. In fact, I didn’t. I came up with the idea to check my writing’s grade reading level since I am not the greatest of writers. I only did the search after this post and added these references in having been surprised.
Now, I’m sure all my readers are brilliant, smile, but that’s no excuse for me to test them each time out. I want my readers to enjoy the experience of reading my writing and to understand it with as little effort and time as possible. The easiest way to do this, though not the most impacting way like subject matter and narrative style, is to reduce the grade reading level required to understand your blog entries. The simplest way to check may just be to use a Flesch-Kincaid grade reading level script.
How do I get an entry’s Flesch-Kincaid grade reading level?
I use the University of Texas’ TxReadability website. I just copy all my post text and paste into a box at the link above, checking off the Text Only choice before clicking Analyze. Just for my blogging purposes alone, I’m going to use that site so much they should at least give me a link!
The TxReadability site also has a different option. It uses the Forcast Readability Formula to gauge the readability of an entire web page, accounting for words that do not belong in a sentence. Just provide the test with a website’s URL. Fun to test out with some of your favourite sites, that’s for sure! Here are some I either use a lot or have chosen to compare, from content present on the evening of Jan 6 2009.
- Yahoo! Canada (ca.yahoo.com) = 8.2
- Dalhousie University (dal.ca) = 12
- NFL (nfl.com) = 11.1
- CNN (ccn.com) = 10.8
- Globe & Mail Newspaper (theglobeandmail.com) = 10.7
- CBC (cbc.ca) = 11.3
Endless fun from scrutiny, no doubt! How’s about the NFL site being more challenging to read than CNN? Are American football fans that smart?
What grade level do you blog at?
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Reading Level: 8.0 (Cha-CHING!!!)