Writing Tools #2

Good morning, boys and girls. As I promised yesterday, when offering Wordle, here’s a super tool for your writing–and from Princeton. Yes that Princeton.

From the website: WordNet superficially resembles a thesaurus, in that it groups words together based on their meanings. However, there are some important distinctions. First, WordNet interlinks not just word forms—strings of letters—but specific senses of words. As a result, words that are found in close proximity to one another in the network are semantically disambiguated. Second, WordNet labels the semantic relations among words, whereas the groupings of words in a thesaurus does not follow any explicit pattern other than meaning similarity.

That may be more information than you need, especially the “semantically disambiguated” part; however, this digital tool is so much more useful than thumbing through Rogers Thesaurus, although I have a much-thumbed copy…..however, I just realized, after looking for Rogers, that I’ve used WordNet so long, I don’t know which shelf hides Roger.

WordNet is right on the taskbar. I can pull it up, enter a word, and it pulls up not only synonyms, but noun, verb, adjective, and adverb synonyms. All with a click.

If you go to the site, you can download the program.

I like it so much, in fact, that recently I donated to a recent fundraiser to extend the language and uses of WordNet. The premium was choosing a word to sponsor. I choose dwindle.