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#106880 07/02/03 01:35 AM
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Greetings All

Heard yesterday of a freebie download designed to reduce the level of gobbledigook, PC- (politically correct) speak and discursiveness in one's text documents. [Bet it would just about hemorrhage if it was to run through JK Rowlings' latest offering!!]

Have loaded it to my PC (computer in this instance!) at work and recommend it to you.

Besides being a good tool it is also fun! Having scanned your document it presents a score and comments that are worth a read themselves! I always have time for people or products that don't take themselves seriously!!

I know the purists among you have a problem with AWADers recommending commercial sites. In this instance I beg your forgiveness, I truly believe this product will be a delight to many among us.

The application is called 'Bullfighter' and that's exactly what it does. The download embeds an icon and a small tools menu into your Office and Outlook tool bars so they're there ready to check the on-screen document whenever you like.

You can read about it and/or get the download at http://www.dc.com/bullfighter. Unfortunately you have to endure a 2 minute corporate video while it loads, perhaps you could the time to go make a cuppa.

Interested to hear what you think about it.

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#106881 07/02/03 01:39 AM
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> Bullfighter runs only in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint 2000 and XP.


Which is a real shame, as it sounded interesting. Odd that they would limit their potential client base so.

edit They do have free screensavers, one of which sounds like fun.


#106882 07/02/03 01:44 AM
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Give us a sample!

include a word i heard coming from the mouth of a Brit expert on painting (on a PBS show called Antique Road Show) i think it is a copy of a similar BBC show. The expert refered to a woman as paintress- not a painter.. never heard that particular one before!


#106883 07/02/03 02:23 AM
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<<lifted from their screen saver as ALL my documents are, of course, bull free!!>>

"Incentivise:- Egregious consulting jargon, maybe the worst word in this dictionary. Congratulations, you're a serious consultant. Other consultants will admire your grasp of terms such as 'incentivise'. Your clients will probably nod and flee."

(Refers to the dictionary embedded in the program - to which you can add your personal favourite hate words/phrases).

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#106884 07/02/03 10:24 AM
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Why even the most hidebound descriptivist would use this egregious neologism when we have the perfectly good incent is beyond me.


#106885 07/02/03 11:46 AM
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Sounds like you're quite incensed.



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