If you have a visual way of thinking, you might enjoy a new online tool called Visuwords™ which uses Princeton University’s WordNet, an open-source database built by students and language researchers.
It calls itself a “visual dictionary, visual thesaurus and interactive lexicon”.
A few weeks ago, I told you about a dictionary on steroids (see here). Today’s post is about a multilingual semantic map and thesaurus on steroids! It’s called the Sketch Engine. At present it can be used in 42 languages.
The Sketch Engine is an awesome tool. It is extremely useful for everyone who manipulates words and needs ideas.
Here are just a few examples of how it can be used:
– To create brand names: The Most Powerful Naming Tool I’ve Ever Used
– To help translators looking for collocations (the words that ‘sound right’ together)
– To give inspiration to lawyers when wording their pleadings
– To help academics when writing papers or theses
– To help journalists and authors get around ‘writer’s block’
– For non-native speakers of a language to check which words are used together and how