The State Of The Linguistics

The Guardian charted the reading levels of all State of The Union speeches and found that the “linguistic standard of the presidential address has declined.”  Nathan Yau offers on explanation:

My guess is this has to do with changes in how we write and talk more than anything else. Lee Drutman and Dan Drinkard for the Sunlight Foundation ran a more rigorous analysis on Congressional records back in May, and the declining trend is similar.