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Long Sentences?

Doctor Squid
For those who insist on telling me that long sentences are inherently bad for the reader--the adult reader--I say pffft!

I've been hearing this since I was a private in the Army, where in the post-draft VOLAR era the average reading level was that of a koala bear. And I don't buy it. There is nothing magical about one's choice of punctuation at the end of a phrase. Even young children can keep up with the melody of a well-crafted long sentence. It's the content of the sentence that makes it tedious and confusing, not the length.

Case in point: Winnie the Pooh.

Check and mate.