A Tool To Make Your Writing Really Simple

Apparently this was released last September, but it just hit my radar today. XKCD’s Randall Munroe created a Web app that alerts you if text you’re typing isn’t one of the most 1000 common English words. “To use it, just touch here and start writing. If you use a word that’s not in Thing Explainer’s set of the ten hundred, the word will turn red. (I usually count all forms of a word, like ‘kick’ and ‘kicked,’ together as one word, although there are a few special cases where I don’t.)”