November 13th, 2009

prattling

A literal bullshit detector

Just discovered the lovely site www.fightthebull.com, which is run by some consultants dedicated to eradicating all the bull that creeps into corporate speak. They've just published a book entitled Why Business People Speak Like Idiots that I'd really like to read. But they also have this cute Mystery Matador web app, where you can put in up to 20,000 characters of text and it will analyze it for corporate bull and Flesch reading-ease score. And optionally, send an anonymous email message to the recipient of your choice.

I'll will confess to having spent a while running various recent corporate communications through the app (without sending any emails). Actually, it's confirmed what I already knew: Though somewhat plagued by people who write overly long sentences, my workplace is largely bull free. Despite a weakness for words like "enterprise" and "ecosystem".