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Visual Thesaurus

Two things from the world of the Interwebs.

First a complaint: I was looking up something at, and LOOK what they had in there for “art”:

Main Entry: art
Part of Speech: noun
Definition: creation meant to communicate or appeal to senses or mind
Synonyms: abstraction, carving, description, design, illustration, imitation, modeling, molding, painting, pictorialization, portrayal, representation, sculpting, shaping, simulation, sketching, symbolization
Antonyms: science

The NERVE! The antomyn of “art” is “science”?!?! I object!!

On a cheerier note, they also were featuring ThinkMap’s Visual Thesaurus, “an interactive tool that allows you to discover the connections between words in a visually captivating display.” It already has over 145,000 words mapped to related concepts based on other people’s searches.

Wow! What a fun tool to learn about other words and how other people are using them. They provide a free sample online, so you’d have to subscribe or purchase if you wanted to use it more than a few times, but the subscription also includes an online magazine “which is updated daily with fresh new content about language and the creative process!” Writing teachers rejoice!



Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.