Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Visual Thesaurus

Visual Thesaurus is an interactive visually-based dictionary and thesaurus. The site is subscription-based, but you can start with a free 14-day trial. A sample entry is below; notice all the ways you could interact with the entry to get more information about the word.

If you don't want to subscribe to the service, there are a number of contributing columnists who write about various elements of language - and you can read these columns without subscription. Two standouts for me are Word Routes by Ben Zimmer (which looks at how words and phrases have made their way into English), and Evasive Maneuvers by Mark Peters (which looks at euphemisms). Check it out and let me know what your favorite column is!

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