April 21, 2006
ADVICE OF THE DAY – Think backward. Or is that backwards?
Have you ever struggled to find just the right, um, Word? This happens to Bossy whatchamacallit. Frequently. And the synonym dictionary doesn’t do any good because Bossy can’t even think of anything within the family of words she is
looking searching hunting for.
OneLook’s Reverse Dictionary to the rescue. Type a brief concept into the allowed space and it will provide hundreds of possibilities. Which isn’t to say all one hundred words will be appropriate.
When searching for words to describe “a very small thing”, nestled among the diminutives and the miniatures appears a reference to the USS Brandywine – a United States Navy 44-gun sailing frigate.
Or when looking for words associated with “inexperienced”, you’ll find among a larger list rookie, fresh, and the ever-popular sugar snap pea.
But mostly Bossy leaves the site feeling more informed than when she got there. For instance, Bossy not only knows this paragraph is lacking shape, she know it’s an amorphous dollop without daoloth.