App Review: Proselint


Okay, this strictly isn’t an app review at the moment but I’m sure it will be one day soon. Proselint is at present a piece of software that works in a similar way to ‘Grammarly’ but doesn’t check text for grammar, focussing on one’s prose. In the section of the Q & A that addresses the question ‘Is this yet another awful grammar checker?’ the team say that the software checks:

redundancy, jargon, illogic, clichés, sexism, misspelling, inconsistency, misuse of symbols, malapropisms, oxymorons, security gaffes, hedging, apologizing, pretension, and more.

…but not grammar.
The website also lists some heavyweight names in terms of the writing advice that has gone into developing the code. The list includes Geroge Orwell, Mark Twain as well as mighty linguist and ‘thinking women’s crumpet’, Steve Pinker.
You can see a live demo at and remember that this is in its pupal stage, the best is yet to come.