Did sixth grade teach you anything? Style and diction analyze your writing, and style includes an estimate of a matching grade level in its output. While that is often used to poke fun at the semi-literate, careful authors sometimes use it the other way: deliberately "dumbing down" their writing to make it easier for their audience. While some of us love reading Stanley Kelly-Bootle, such prose does require more intellectual engagement than your typical newspaper article, so an editor concerned for her readership might object to a high "style" rating.
I was a little surprised that I couldn't find an on-line tool that would let you paste in text and get back style and diction ratings.
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C++ is just an abomination. Everything is wrong with it in every way. So I really tried to avoid using that as much as I could and do everything in C at Netscape. (Jamie Zawinski)