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  •  Guessing at causality: (2+ / 0-)
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    BigOkie, lulusbackintown

    Some of it may be intentional linguistic technique, to get at the mushy middle's lizard brain. Then there are sound bite ways of working through modern media... Some may be chasing the decline in critical thinking coming out of public education nationwide, thanks to standardized tests, mandatory curricula, budget cuts, etc.

    Who knows, some of it may be due to the more ideological nature of today's two major political parties (or at least of the Republicans). Not that I think that's a bad thing in general that  party develops ideological cohesion, depending upon the ideology, of course...

    Government and laws are the agreement we all make to secure everyone's freedom.

    by Simplify on Tue May 22, 2012 at 01:28:50 AM PDT

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      BigOkie, cardinal, tacet, howabout

      Speaking in short, clear sentences isn't always a bad thing.  

      One of the people on the lower end of the scale actually has a PhD and is the son of an English teacher.  I heard an interview with him where he said that his mother taught him to use simple words and speak in very short sentences when he wanted to get his message across, because people will process the information more easily.

      No, to gauge their intelligence we're going to have to look at their voting patterns.

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