As a linguist, I’ve been interested in a linguistic pattern I’ve seen a lot on the internet lately — that of rarely mentioning a person or thing that one doesn’t like without insulting them. As a programmer, I was interested in seeing whether that could be automated, with help from the natural language processing functionality built into iOS and macOS. As a freelancer, I was interested in finding out how the iOS App Store worked and proving I could write iOS apps, since decades of macOS development experience doesn’t count for much these days. So I wrote NastyWriter.
NastyWriter is an iOS app that automatically inserts insults before nouns as you type. Insults added by NastyWriter are highlighted in peach to distinguish them from your own text, and you can share the insult-ridden text as an image with the highlighting intact. You can remove or change any insults which don’t fit in the context, to make sure your stream of nastiness is just right, even when it’s just wrong.
NastyWriter runs on iOS 11 and is on the App Store now. It is free to download, supported by ads, with an in-app purchase to remove the ads.
Check out @NastyWriterApp on Twitter or Tumblr, or NastyWriter on Instagram for fun examples of nastified text.
Updated 23 January 2018
From March 2018 I will be free for new work — either freelance or as a regular day job, in Vienna, Austria or remotely. If you’re looking for a developer, get in touch! I prefer working in Swift or Objective-C for macOS, iOS, or for the web. However, I have a lot of professional experience writing native apps for Windows and Linux, and will do that if the conditions are right; C# is actually pretty nice. I am especially interested in anything involving speech synthesis, linguistics, or science.
Spondee Software creates macOS, iOS, watchOS and web applications. Much of the software in development is related to poetry and writing.
A spondee is a metrical foot with two long syllables. For instance, ‘spondee’ is a spondee. You can’t really say one of those syllables faster than the other, or replace its vowel with a schwa. One way of representing stress patterns is with slashes for stressed syllables and dashes for unstressed ones, which makes a spondee ‘//’, as in the spondee software logo.