OneLook's reverse dictionary lets you describe a concept and get back a list of words and phrases related to that concept. Your description can be a few words, a sentence, a question, or even just a single word
(via Jerz's Literacy Weblog)
This looks very useful for those dumb days like today when the brain is lumbering, and the tip of the tongue is an elusive concept. boynton tried the suggested question Who is Big Bird's Friend on Sesame Street? and was dazzled by the possible answers, suspecting it was number 17 - the Carnegie Foundation.
She then pondered Who is boynton's friend? and was honoured to see J. B Priestley at the top of the list.
Comments: reverse look
Oh, ye Gods and little fishes! You HAVE woken the Gods and their minnows.
"Ernst Franz Sedgwick Hanfstängl (Munich, February 2, 1887 - November 6, 1975) was a friend of Adolf Hitler and Franklin Delano Roosevelt."
Eclectic in his friendships was old Uncle Hanfstängl. Pity those two couldn't have been a touch matier.
Posted by Sedgwick at December 11, 2003 03:59 PM
Namedropping again, Miss b?
Posted by Scott Wickstein at December 12, 2003 12:35 AM