Finding words

Finding words

Finding words

Date posted: September 15, 2011

For those of you looking for new words to enter the library draw, the game Free Rice is a fun source.  Our thanks to Rosemary Craig for the suggestion.  Here’s what she has to say: ” I have shown this website to literacy-level adults, ESL learners, and literacy practitioners.  Everyone just finds a level and starts clicking.  There are additional features on the website to promote vocabulary and also understanding of world poverty and hunger issues if you take the time to delve.”

While we’re on the topic of new words and definitions, here’s a repeat of a post from last year.  

For those who have access to the Internet, online dictionaries offer some features that you can’t get in traditional print dictionaries.  Many have an audio component that allows you to hear the words being spoken, a real advantage if you’ve never heard the word before.  Another helpful feature addresses the question of “How can you look up a word if you don’t know how to spell it?” by offering suggestions if the word you enter isn’t in the dictionary.  Lots of these sites also have word games, but you didn’t hear that from me.

Here are a few good online dictionaries:
The Free Dictionary
Merriam-Webster Online

In addition to the general, comprehensive dictionaries, there are some specialized and special dictionaries available online.  Here’s a sample:
Webopedia – a dictionary of computer and Internet technology-related definitions
Merriam-Webster Visual Dictionary Online – handy when you know what something looks like but not what it’s called

And, then there are others that have features you’d never expect:
Visuwords Online Graphical Dictionary – shows you how words are related to other words
OEDILF – Omnificent English Dictionary in Limerick Form – a work in progress and you can contribute to it (this one has some clever entries)

Don’t forget to enter the library draw – deadline is next Tuesday, September 20th.

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