“Just Not Sorry” highlights each time a user types a key word or phrase such as “sorry,” “I think” or “I’m no expert” in email, said its creator Tami Reiss.
So far, 53,000 users have downloaded the free app, which can be used with Gmail on the Google Chrome web browser. It was launched December 28, said Reiss, chief executive at Cyrus Innovation, a software development consultancy.
Other red-flag words on the app include “just,” “actually,” “does this make sense?” and “try,” she said, based on the premise that women use such terms to soften their demands at work or try to be likable and in so doing devalue themselves.
Reiss, 33, said she came up with “Just Not Sorry” after watching a popular video by comedian Amy Schumer spoofing a panel of accomplished women, all of whom pepper their remarks with endless apologies.
“We’ve found people that have started using it actually get a lot more mindful around the use of these words,” she said. “That makes us happy.”