TechTerms: A Dictionary

February 14, 2013

Sometimes it is challenging to interpret a technologist’s explanation of a problem or to give clear and direct technology instructions to students (or colleagues) because of all of the techno-language we use. Tech Terms is here to help decipher the … Continued

Much more than just definitions with Wordnik

November 29, 2010

When you look up a word on Wordnik, you’ll get all the word’s possible definitions, examples of the word in publication, current usage of the word on twitter, synonyms, etymology, and even its Scrabble score.

Map word relationships at Lexipedia

January 4, 2010

BY BILL FERRIS You can easily find an online dictionary or thesaurus. Lexipedia, however, presents an interesting combination of the two. Type in a word, and you’ll get visual array of related words, each with a listing of its definition … Continued

Old words make a comeback at Save the Words

March 25, 2009

Every year, there’s an announcement that the dictionary has added new words like “fanboy,” “muggle,” or “air quotes.” Well, to make room for those, they have to drop less-commonly used words like “blateration” (blabber or chatter), “jungible” (that which may … Continued

What if the OED cared about your feelings?

February 11, 2009

Word Source is a site that calls itself “the social dictionary,” and at first, that made me very skeptical. It’s not that I dislike people, but I believe some things are better experienced alone. Is there a more blissfully solitary … Continued

Keep your synonyms simple with Thsrs

July 17, 2008

When I was a student, I would only use the thesaurus to look up bigger, more intelligent-sounding words, so I could trick my teachers into thinking that I was really smart (in retrospect, it most likely didn’t work). With age, … Continued

Monday by the numbers

July 14, 2008

Top 10 Office Supply Hacks – Get some extra mileage out of the supply closet. Lifehacker has 10 bonus uses for everyday office supplies. Keep snack foods fresh by using binder clips as chip clips. Did some clod write on … Continued

Power up Your Phone with gWhiz

June 26, 2008

Sure, your phone plays music, surfs the Web, sends email, and has GPS capability (and you can, you know, talk to people with it, too). That stuff is cool, don’t get me wrong, but we’ve only scratched the surface of … Continued