Men of Few Words

13 June 2009 at 12:05 am 3 comments

| Peter Klein |

Those of you into Flesch-Kincaid scores and similar metrics probably appreciate men who can say a lot with a few words. The Bud Light “Dude” guy — whose Fog index, if my calculations are correct, is 1 — may be the best-known modern example:

He’s good, but before him there was Donnie Brasco:

Can your favorite academic writers be that parsimonious?


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. David Gerard  |  13 June 2009 at 8:10 am

    transaction costs

  • 2. Michael E. Marotta  |  13 June 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Do you mean that “transaction costs” is Fughetaboudit. or Dude for economists? Or are transaction costs the reason for minimal expression? And is that self-referential?

    There was always “fiuck” to fit seemingly any need, even being placed within a word: in _My Fair Lady_, Eliza Doolittle’s “abso-bloomin-lutely.”

    Feynman suggested “It’s trivial.” for mathematicians.

    I believe that in _Patriot Games_ Tom Clancy has a riff about how much the British say with different intonations of “Really.”

  • 3. Pozycjonowanie Poznan  |  15 June 2009 at 6:19 am

    I completely forgot that Donnie Brasco piece. Thanks for reminding me of it – it’s awesome! So funny yet so true!

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