Writing wonks and anal editors rejoice! Gina Trapani just released her Ly Detector as a Greasemonkey script!
If you’re at all familiar with Strunk and White, you know that excessive use of adverbs – words that end in -ly – isn’t a sign of strong writing. All of us writers struggle with sentence-weakening generally’s and relatively’s at times, but now there’s a Greasemonkey script that highlights adverbial transgressions on the web automatically. (Whoops!)
Once it’s installed, The Ly Detector Greasemonkey script takes a yellow highlighter to adverbs, like obviously and previously to help web writers stay on their non-adverbial toes. The Ly Detector’s great for bloggers who are trying to improve their skills with the quill – or just those who want to make fun of them. After the jump, the script download, and some more details of how this works.
I’ve been a longtime fan of Gina’s Ly Detector, from way back (before Greasemonkey existed) when it was published as a bookmarklet to her (now defunct) personal site, so I’m incredibly thrilled to see it so amazingly updated (transgressions intentional, to throw off the yellow flag for readers putting me to the test).