Words, words, words

You know Eliza Doolittle's complaint in "My Fair Lady":  "Words words, words, I'm so sick of words."  I thought of this when I saw this snippet that Congressman Tom Tancredo posted on his website.  (Thanks for the tip, Kevin.)

Pythagorean theorem: 24 words

The Lord's Prayer: 66 words

Archimedes' Principle: 67 words

The 10 Commandments: 179 words

The Gettysburg Address: 286 words

The Declaration of Independence: 1,300 words

U.S. Government regulations on the sale of cabbage: 26,911 words

In my considered opinion, there are few things more foul that the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations.

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  1. says

    This reminds me of the way Grammatik would do its grammar checks. It would compare what you wrote to a Hemingway short story, the Gettysburg address and to an insurance policy.
    I used to rank with the insurance policy way too often. I think that there was a direct correlation between the insurance policy and a disproportionate number of prepositions. I think that taught me to reduce my dependence on prepositions.

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