Weasel Words: Now Automated!

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A newsflash has this moment arrived from the Malabar front. The action we are now reporting may well bring the flame war within measurable distance of its end.


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12 Responses:

  1. pfrank says:

    Hah, that's awesome. I was just reading this morning about a couple of shell scripts to correct weasel words and passive voice and wondering how long until that sort of thing got baked into a Cocoa app.

    • jwz says:

      We should lock these two programs in a cage and make them fight.

      Sorry, I mean, one should give these programs an opportunity to constructively resolve their differences.

      • ekesobriquet says:

        I am in disagreement with you.
        No, I am afraid that I may be in disagreement with you.
        Actually, I believe I might have a higher degree of disagreement in this instance.
        I engaged in copulatory activities with your mother.
        Based on that remark, I plan to disconnect teeth from your gumline using a tightened hand.

    • pyrop says:

      Unless it replaces the word "utilize" with "use", it is woefully incomplete.

  2. lionsphil says:

    Didn't Eudora have this built-in way back in the '90s? I seem to distinctly remember it having a little "ice cube" somewhere in the UI, and if it thought you were being uncouth in your use of language, it'd turn into a number of chilli peppers.

    Since this was installed on school computers, it became a game to get as many chillis as possible to appear without resorting to swearwords, which would peg it instantly.

  3. spendocrat says:

    Words are loaded emotional weapons.

  4. How would it handle "please choke on a bucket of cocks"?

    • telecart says:

      I was wondering what it would do with witty putdowns like Groucho Marx's "I have nothing but confidence in you, and very little of that."