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PreTweet saves you from looking like an idiot on social media

No more "amazeballs"! Avoid looking like a twit on Twitter by using the PreTweet service to scrub out overused words everybody is tired of seeing on social media.

Obnoxious tweet
Here it is in all its hideous glory. Screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET

Here's my entry for the most obnoxious tweet I can think up: "O hai! U haterz r amazeballs! google is your friend. I'm winning teh interweb. Zomg. Whoop! best. day. ever." At least some of this probably looks familiar. You've seen those words and phrases from people you follow. Maybe you've even used them yourself. It's time to put a stop to these 140-character abominations and the PreTweet service is here to help.

PreTweet comes from Houston PR in the UK, a company that has a vested interest in its clients not looking like buffoons on social media. To use PreTweet, you simply compose (or copy and paste) your tweet in the big blue box on the PreTweet page, click the button and check your results.

Here's the PreTweet edited version of my obnoxious tweet: "O hai! U haterz r amazeballs! google is your friend. I'm winning teh interweb. Zomg. Whoop! best. day. ever." If I were to run with the cleaned-up version, I would get this: "U r! I'm teh." Much better. My score for the original tweet was an 88 percent cringe factor along with 10 twaddles (offending words and phrases).

The banned words were determined by a survey of hundreds of journalists, social-media experts and friends of PreTweet's creators. Some of the no-no phrases include "get in mah belly," "day = made," "broken the internet," "bff," and "right in the feels." Some of your favorite sayings may be included. For example, "kitteh" and "wow. just wow" are on the no-fly list.

PreTweet can also be used to check your Facebook posts or compositions created for other social-media sites. The service is on the silly side, but it's entertaining and it's not a bad idea to use it to double-check yourself before you post something you might linguistically regret later.