Mighty Red Pen

June 9, 2008

Just visualize it

Filed under: Wordsworthy — mighty red pen @ 7:58 pm
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Possibly the coolest thing I have seen all week: Visuwords.

Calls itself an “online graphical dictionary and thesaurus.” You can look up a word and you’ll get a graph that shows you the word’s meaning(s) and the way it associates with other words or concepts. Some cool interactive stuff lets you see definitions and move different “nodes” around.

They explain:

Visuwords™ uses Princeton University’s WordNet, an opensource database built by University students and language researchers. Combined with a visualization tool and user interface built from a combination of modern web technologies, Visuwords™ is available as a free resource to all patrons of the web.

For example, the word grammar:

Go to Visuwords to check out the interactivity of it. Like I said, coolest thing all week.

Hat tip to David.



  1. You might also like the Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus: http://www.visualthesaurus.com/

    Comment by Editrix — June 10, 2008 @ 8:37 am | Reply

  2. When we visualizers educate enough students to create visual word banks instead of memorizing definitions, we will forever change the way words are taught.

    Comment by steve tarde — June 10, 2008 @ 4:54 pm | Reply

  3. Thanks, Editrix!

    Steve, I think that’s an interesting question. I can’t remember learning anything like this when I was in school a thousand years ago, unless we’d consider learning to diagram a sentence in this vein. Do kids learn anything like this kind of visualization in schools?

    Comment by mighty red pen — June 10, 2008 @ 6:56 pm | Reply

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