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Articles from APRIL 2008
Blog Du Jour
April 30, 2008
Books we love
"Always Be Closing"
April 29, 2008
If you right-click on a word or meaning in the Visual Thesaurus display (command-click on Macintosh computers), you will see a "pop-up" menu that shows the various actions that can be taken on that word. Not all actions will be available on every word and/or meaning.
Pronounce Word. Hear the word spoken out loud. (Requires an Internet connection)
Search Internet. Use your default web browser to search the Internet for web sites that are related to this word. (Requires an Internet connection and an Internet browser) Continue reading...
Greetings from new editor Ben Zimmer. You may have noticed some changes around here recently. We've been working to make the Visual Thesaurus a comfier, more personalized experience. The customized word lists have been such a big hit that we're now giving every subscriber a profile page, which you can tailor as you like. Continue reading...
Name That Restaurant
April 24, 2008
What's in a name, at least a restaurant name? Lucky for us, a professor has written a fascinating paper that explains how "names of contemporary dining and drinking establishments serve as semantic and/or humorous reflections of societal mores." Read it here.
Put the VT to work in your classroom
April 23, 2008
In this lesson, students will learn about the fundamental system of scientific classification: binomial nomenclature. Teams of students will compete in a binomial name scavenger hunt using the Visual Thesaurus and the online "Catalogue of Life" to identify two-part binomial names within specific genus categories. Continue reading...