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Monday, September 27, 2010

Visual Dictionaries

A friend and I recently discussed how we had both grown up scanning pages in the encyclopedia and dictionary. What I found interesting about that were not only the words, but also the images that gave the terms for many parts of a thing. These were often strange and wonderful revelations. Its also very useful if you are trying to extend your knowledge of terms in a new language. In the age of the Internet this has changed. You can ask questions like what does an X look like, and definitions of what an X is but you have to know the term X to do that. The Download Squad reminded me was that there is an excellent, free visual dictionary online: The Merriam Webster Visual Dictionary. It is probably worth scanning as well.

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