Sheila Jackson Lee: Smartest Person in Congress, Vocabulary Study Says

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Because (we guess) someone had to do it, a guy named Dan Kozikowski took to his Tumblr account to announce the results of a massive study of the vocabulary used in floor speeches by current members of Congress.

He judged them by the "word diversity," which he defined as "how frequently a rep uses SAT words vs. usage of a basket of common words."

And there were some other criteria, much too boring to go into unless you're a word/stats nerd.

The point is, the person who came out with the highest score -- well ahead of the second-place finisher, in fact -- was our own Sheila Jackson Lee.

Jackson Lee had an "SQPD Index value" (don't ask) of 4.79, and second-place Christopher Smith of New Jersey was at 2.98. Dennis Kucinich came in third a 1.00, and everyone else couldn't break the "one" barrier.

Jackson Lee -- who after all did graduate from Yale and the University of Virginia law school -- told The Hill she was surprised:

Jackson Lee, an avid reader, told us in a phone chat that when she talks, she tries to speak from the heart: "I don't study the dictionary, though I love the idea of the written language and the spoken word, because I believe it's important to explain to the people just what you're doing."

When asked if she was surprised by her new title as Capitol Hill's vocab queen, the congresswoman replied, "It sure shocked me," before adding with a laugh, "Now I have this burden of going on the [House] floor and not making any mistakes!"

Of course, having the largest vocabulary doesn't automatically translate to being the smartest. But let's give Jackson Lee her due, which we're sure the conservative commenters will.


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jeannebroadway
jeannebroadway

This witch has to have said the most outlandish statements ever uttered in Congress. Flag on Mars, etc. etc. she is a perpetual stain on the good name of Houston. Idiotic, arrogant, self serving, disgusting, smelly, lifelong victim, ugly witch. HOUSTON, you have a problem!!!!!!

FredRicksberg
FredRicksberg

She can somewhat pronounce  the words, however, does she understand what she is saying?  OMG, this woman is a bag of hammers.  Houston, she is all yours.

Mr. Crap Mariner
Mr. Crap Mariner

What score does a dictionary get when tossed into a fan?

-ls

hillcoguy
hillcoguy

The freshperson(?) congress person(?) gave a radio interview when she came home and told of how she was so intimidated when she entered that "carniverous" (she meant cavernous) hall. And when she complained that hurricanes needed to be labeled with black names, that tore the rag off the bush! :o)

Mary Urech Stallings
Mary Urech Stallings

Boy, Yale and UV sure went down in my estimation.

Not to mention Congress.

Froggie
Froggie

She looks like a monkey

seanster5977
seanster5977

This the member of congress that raised the point before the floor of congress that whomever names the hurricanes is a racist due to the fact there are no hurricanes with ethnic origins, ie..... Latisia, Monesha, RameshiaI don't mean those are not pretty names, but I would be glad if all hurricanes NOT carry the names of my origins, ie.... O'Malley, O'Patrick, Liam. That is an association I could do without.No matter how you say it. She is an idiot! 

Sihaya
Sihaya

Now do the Senate!  I want to see how Al Franken does.

I see Ron Paul's in the top 10.

sarah
sarah

BAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAHAHAAAAAAAA

clay wisner
clay wisner

Damon Wayans' incarcerated character "Oswald Bates" had a sizable vocabulary as well.

seanster5977
seanster5977

You excermate the statement with tremendous dexteracockasoid my fine potificater

Tunnel Mole
Tunnel Mole

Don't you mean "pontificator?" I'll have to check in w/ SJL for the meaning of "dexter...."

Ribalding
Ribalding

by the way, my father-in-law attended UVa law school with her.  He reports she wouldn't say a word in class.

We call that "the good old days".

Brittanie Shey
Brittanie Shey

It's better to be thought a fool than open your mouth and prove it.— Mark Twain

Ribalding
Ribalding

I am a democrat and she is my rep and I am ashamed of her. 

That being said, lets not confuse the quality of one's language with its frequency.  She simply talks more than anybody else.  Shut off the C-SPAN cameras and THEN see what the numbers say.

Maurice Duhon, Jr.
Maurice Duhon, Jr.

 Please take solace in knowing I am an Independent candidate for our great and historic 18th District and I would be honored to listen to your opinions on how we can work to make a better 18th.  Please Join our conversation.

Maurice Duhon, Jr.IND. Candidate U.S. Congress (TX) 18th District

www.MauriceDuhonforCongress.co...

Fat Bass Turd
Fat Bass Turd

Them pesky Mayans might be onto somethin' ... but after readin' this, it's now officially the end of the world as we knew it!

Mr. Blonde
Mr. Blonde

SJL remains one of the most stupid people on earth, not just in Washington, as evidenced by her every statement.

Michael
Michael

This is the woman who doesn't know the difference between Vietnam and Korea and once asked to see a picture of the American flag on Mars

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