Cleartext

A text editor that allows only the 1,000 most common words

#3 Product of the DayMarch 30, 2016
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This is awesome. Now if we can just get every academic researcher out there to write papers with this ;)
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@colemercer That's what we do: http://summarizer.hdphealth.com Btw, most of the time, the academic researcher is trained to write papers for fellow researchers. Ask them to put it in layman's text and they will some of the time.
@colemercer I've been saying that my whole life. How much smarter the world would be, how much more interested they'd be if researchers stopped writing at grade level 23 😂😂
@govindrai @colemercer true, but some concepts simply can't be explained from a selection of 1000 words.
@matteisn @govindrai @colemercer if you have n words and cant explain the n+1 th word, than there never would be more than n words. so its possible but you might need to explain concepts that arent really part of the research the paper is about.
@timar by this logic, no language would have grown beyond n=1.
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I'm sure there are use-cases for this - for example, writing a book for five-year olds... but let's not dumb down our beautiful and expressive language purely for efficiency's sake, please!
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Nice! Love it! Have you thought of showing the recommended words since finding the right word that's in top 1k may take a while, especially for non-native speakers?
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@markoxvee That's a great idea, should be possible!
This reminds me of Ernest Hemingway’s response when William Faulkner criticized him for writing with simple words. “Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words? He thinks I don’t know the ten-dollar words. I know them all right. But there are older and simpler and better words, and those are the ones I use.”
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I'm a huge fan of Randall Monroe, so your product is very interesting for me. Special thanks for open source your program.