In Politics and the English Language George Orwell sets out a few simple rules for writing clear, conscise english. Orwell himself doesn't always follow his rules, but they're helpful to keep in mind. This is a tool designed to alert an author to violations of these rules so the author can choose whether or not to change the text in question.
- Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
- Never use a long word where a short one will do.
- If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
- Never use the passive where you can use the active.
- Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
- Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.
I've wanted to play with NLP and Python's NLTK for quite a while now, and this seemed like a reasonable exercise in the relatively easy and the complex (I'm not sure how number 1 will work, for example). That's what this amounts to: an exercise for me to learn NLP and NLTK. Use at your own risk.