Wordnik

Wordnik wants to be a place for all the words, and everything known about them.”

I just discovered www.wordnik.com and I have to say it’s one of the most creative and coolest mash-ups I have seen in a long time. Wordnik acts like a dictionary/thesaurus but then adds in things like instances of the word on Twitter and Flickr images tagged with the word. For those hard to comprehend definitions all the words also have in situ examples of use as well as audio pronunciation.

You can also see how many times the word has been looked up. They also offer a timeline of how usage over time. It will also offer you various definitions from different dictionaries, like Websters or American Heritage. Also offered are full etymologies qnd if you log in you can keep notes on different words.

I think it’s pretty neat.

Speaking of cool dictionaries: Another cool one comes to us from
www.onelook.com, who offer a reverse dictionary. You type in a couple of words or concept and the dictionary offers up the word you are thinking of or the one you mean.

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