Write Like a Politician with Simple Language Editor for Mac
Have you ever noticed that most politicians speak in remarkably simplified plain language? This is intentional, with most communicating far below their educational achievements and speaking somewhere around a fourth grade level, and sometimes a bit higher. The idea is to make concepts simple, with the message easy to understand, easy to remember, and easy to digest. While politicians may do this to improve comprehension or even pander, it’s actually harder to write (and speak) with a simplified vocabulary than you may think. That’s where this fun little free Mac app comes in, it aids in that simplification process, and it’s actually pretty useful for anyone looking to improve their communication!
ClearText is a simple language editor for Mac OS X, it only allows for 1000 of the most commonly used words in the English language to be entered, forcing the user to reduce word complexity and to simplify their speech. Words that are deemed to complex by not being in the common vernacular are flagged with yellow (or deleted) immediately, so that you can rewrite them in plain terms. This is not only perfect for writing pandering political speeches, but it could genuinely be useful for writing and speaking to a specific target audience or crowd.
- Get ClearText for Mac for free here at the developer Github page
The app is pretty simple by design, but supports full screen mode, different fonts and text sizes, and the typical basics you’d expect in a basic text editor. Is it going to replace Microsoft Word? No of course not, nor is it intended to.
According to the ClearText developer, the idea for the simple language text editor came from reading the book ‘Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words’ by Randall Monroe, which discusses everything from constellations, tectonic plate shifting, to rocket science in wildly simplified terms and easy to understand language, using only the 1000 most common English words.
There’s obviously some potential for humor here, but this is not a knock on the simplified language approach to communicating, it’s simply an acknowledgement of it, since clearly there is some efficacy behind the strategy, from the political realm to just simplifying a communication strategy for whatever purpose.
Or, you can go the complete opposite direction and speak like this:
Or, if you want people to learn, perhaps a better approach is working to simplify the explanation of complex concepts, like the excellent SpaceTime channel on YouTube does with astrophysics:
Anyway, we like to cover things that are fun to play around with sometimes, and ClearText fits the bill, give it a try.