02 January 2010

[art] Wordnik: A Lexicon For The Impatient

2285Wordnik.com is a place, as commenter pril notes, for the psycho word wierdo in us. And truer words ne'er be spoke.
It's the online dictionary for the impatient. From the "What is Wordnik" section of the About:

Wordnik wants to be a place for all the words, and everything known about them.

Our goal is to show you as much information as possible, as fast as we can find it, for every word in English, and to give you a place where you can make your own opinions about words known.

Traditional dictionaries make you wait until they've found what they consider to be "enough" information about a word before they will show it to you. Wordnik knows you don't want to wait—if you're interested in a word, we're interested too!

Once there, you're invited, via a very spare yet beautiful interface, to input a word. That's all you have to do. It'll come up with everything they can find, right now, including example sentences, the meaning, links to other usages on the web, special featured-lists of words that they are like. They seem to browse news, media, blogs, a whole lot of stuff.

There's also synonyms, antonyms, links to flickr streams containing appropriate pictures (probably looking for tags), comments – this is an edited site, you're not allowed to edit, this isn't a wiki, but participation is encouraged. You can submit words, rate words, even tell them to take this word and shove it if you want.

Not sure where to start? Just go to the front page and clicky on one of the words on the lower part of the screen. You'll catch on soon enough. And sign up it you want to participate (it's free).

That's http://www.wordnik.com, you wordwankers.

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