Grease for Windows

The Grease for Windows software is no longer being sold, developed or supported. You may download it at no cost. The only available documentation is that contained in the Help menu.

Grease for Windows is a vocabulary analysis program. In simpler words, it sorts through any document or set of documents in plain text format -- or a single document copied from your word processor to the Windows Clipboard -- and prepares a table of all the words used and the number of times each was used.

The table can be displayed in alphabetical order, in word frequency order (calling attention to the words you most use) or in word length order (calling particular attention to your usage of long words). There are various further display options, including choice of upper or lower case, whether numbers should be displayed, and more. The table can also be saved to a text file on disk, using the same optional settings as the current screen display.

Most typically, Grease is used in conjunction with a list of very common and uninteresting words, provided in the accompanying file GREASE.DAT (which can be inspected or edited from within Grease). Once all these nuts and bolts like "the" and "and" have been screened out by the program, the word-frequency list highlights the less common words which you happen to have used a lot in your document(s). The resulting insights can sometimes be alarming.

The program's name was inspired by David Lodge's comic novel Small World (1984), in which a novelist's complete works are analysed in this way by fanatical researchers, and he is paralysed by the information that the significant word he most often uses is ... "grease". A traumatic discovery.