You won't believe how sweet this anti-hyperbole plugin is


Downworthy is a Chrome plugin that converts hyperbolic headlines from viral mills into sarcastic -- and much more realistic -- semantic equivalents. For example, the word "literally" is replaced with "figuratively"; while "go viral" is translated to "be overused so much that you'll silently pray for the sweet release of death to make it stop."

* "Literally" becomes "Figuratively"
* "Will Blow Your Mind" becomes "Might Perhaps Mildly Entertain You For a Moment"
* "One Weird Trick" becomes "One Piece of Completely Anecdotal Horseshit"
* "Go Viral" becomes "Be Overused So Much That You'll Silently Pray for the Sweet Release of Death to Make it Stop"
* "Can't Even Handle" becomes "Can Totally Handle Without Any Significant Issue"
* "Incredible" becomes "Painfully Ordinary"
* "You Won't Believe" becomes "In All Likelihood, You'll Believe"
* ... and so on.

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  1. Ratel says:

    Everyone else is disappointed that the future hasn't given us flying cars or jetpacks. I'm disappointed there aren't software programs that allow me to reach through the internet and strangle the people who write that crap for a living.

  2. Cory Doctorow writing a post about hyperbole is like the NFL starting a campaign to end television commercials. Now I've literally seen everything. Incredible. That dude's ability to over sensationalize every article he posts puts MSNBC and Fox News to shame.

  3. I'm so torn on it because I do want to reach through the Internet and slap them. But, at the same time, I recently found out that Upworthy actually treats their employees surprisingly well ... good pay and bennies and generally stuff that I don't expect from a Dark Satanic Content Mill. So now I don't know how to feel. Is there a German word for "People Who Seem Generally Decent Yet Inexplicably Keep Doing Evil"?

  4. I'm not sure the Nazis seem generally decent. A better answer might have been a broader, "Germans?"

    What we actually need is a word for things which are "internet evil": evil which, after pushing back in your chair and staring at the ceiling for a minute, isn't really meaningfully evil, but which, deep inside, one can't shake the sense that it should earn the perpetrator a spot in the lowest pit of hell.

    YES. Somebody get on this.

  5. WEvil. (Web-Evil.)

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