Wordplay with Visuwords

VisuwordsIf you like playing with words, you’ll love Visuwords.  Might even learn something, too.

Type in a word and click enter. Or just click “Random.” Either way, a network of “synsets” (a node with a single word that represent a group of related words) pops up. Roll your mouse over a node, and a definition and synonyms appear.  Double-click on a node and it expands with more, related words.  Keep doing that and your browser soon is filled with a network of words that can improve even the most expansive mental lexicon.  (Found that searching for “vocabulary”.)

Grab a node with the mouse and you can drag, spin and whip it around.  That’s to let you pull nodes away from each other to better understand their relationships, but with smaller networks of words, it’s just a lot of fun.

The legend on the left side of the page tells you what the words are (noun, verb, adjective, adverb) and how the nodes relate to each other (is a kind of, is a a part of, is similar to, opposes, entails, etc.)

Give it a try the next time you need a dictionary or thesaurus. You don’t even need a word to start. It loads up a random word as soon as you land. The only downside I see is that you may not want to stop playing with it.

About Lee Stral

Lee is a marketing consultant who has specialized in Internet marketing and Web site development since the Internet first showed promise as a marketing channel. Prior to founding Essential Presence, he was partner in an integrated marketing communications agency working with technology, professional service and non-profit organizations.

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