Cliche-finder bookmarklet

Quinn posted a link to a nifty CGI by Aaron Swartz which detects uses of common cliches, with the list of cliches to avoid taken from the Associated Press Guide to News Writing. In addition, she also mentioned there’s the Passivator, ‘a passive verb and adverb flagger for Mozilla-derived browsers, Safari, and Opera 7.5’.

Combining the two, I’ve hacked together a bookmarklet version of the cliche finder — it can be found on this page. (Couldn’t place it inline into this post due to stupid over-aggressive Markdown, grr.)

Fun! Probably not IE-compatible, though.

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  1. Posted December 23, 2006 at 16:39 | Permalink
  2. Posted December 23, 2006 at 18:44 | Permalink

    I’m all for sore thumbs, but I think it’s nicer without the black border. I’ve posted it, sans border, on my site.

  3. ben
    Posted December 24, 2006 at 08:35 | Permalink

    This is a crime against code.

  4. Posted December 27, 2006 at 13:40 | Permalink

    Aristotle — ok, consider that a non-endorsing link. The last thing I want to do is get embroiled in that passive-voice flame fest ;)

    Thanks Aaron!

    ben — true enough, that’s the world of javascript programming, as you know yourself.

  5. Posted May 5, 2007 at 14:18 | Permalink

    This is probably the most useless script for Firefox but at the same time funnier then majority. It’s simple, ultra cool and playful…

  6. Posted May 15, 2007 at 21:38 | Permalink

    good news, thx

  7. Posted May 20, 2007 at 16:01 | Permalink

    I think this is not a useless script, I tried to find it but had no luck.. thank you for making it free for us… will there be new version of that script which allows to put my predefined Cliches in the database? Thanks, Kirsten

  8. Posted May 22, 2007 at 15:25 | Permalink

    Thanks Aaron! Great work

  9. Posted June 2, 2007 at 14:28 | Permalink

    Is there any way I can get the source code of the script? I have a few ideas how to modify it.

  10. Posted June 2, 2007 at 18:50 | Permalink

    Luka — your browser’s “View Source” should do it ;)