Posts Tagged ‘words’

Memrise

January 20, 2012

Here’s an interesting way to learn the vocabulary for a variety of languages. The site uses flashcards supported by video clips, mnemonics and samples of how each word is used. Anyone can add to the site by creating flashcards, adding words or mems (anything that helps you learn a connection between a word and its meaning).

http://www.memrise.com

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Inky Fool

January 9, 2012

This is rather a fun blog if you’re interested in words and (English) language.

http://blog.inkyfool.com/

There’s a particularly good entry on why prepositions at the end of a sentence aren’t a problem:

http://blog.inkyfool.com/2010/05/prepositions-end-of-sentences-at.html#

but there’s lots more to delight here as well.

Rechtschreibreform

February 16, 2009

TOTD is discombobulated.

It maybe over a decade too late – certainly it can’t pass as ‘news’ any more, but apparently the Germans have thrown out their language.  Well, at least some of their spellings.  Makes the Library throwing out an old dictionary look positively trivial.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_spelling_reform_of_1996

More worryingly having tried to learn some German in the past, this is the first time TOTD has happened across this bit of fairly useful information.  Time to unlearn some old knowledge and be reminded that once again, from Pluto being downgraded from a ‘planet’ to protons/neutrons not being as small as matter gets, that even ‘facts’ may not be ‘true’.

Looking on the brightside, wordlovers will be delighted to learn perhaps that formations with triple letters are quite feasible: Schlossstrasse (which the Swiss used in any case) and Schifffahrt for example.

Word Search…

January 17, 2009

If you want to get to know the library better – AND exercise your grey matter at the same time, what better way to do so than a library-related word search!

http://www.armoredpenguin.com/wordsearch/Data/2009.01/1107/11073029.077.html

And when you’ve done that, why not create one of your own?

http://www.armoredpenguin.com/wordsearch/

Wordle

December 15, 2008

At first glance this just appears to be a gimmick, but the more you play with it, the more you find uses for it!

www.wordle.net

TOTD first saw it used by the keynote speaker of a two-day conference.  He’d taken the pre-published conference proceedings and run them through it to produce a single page image representing the conference.  He did the same with all the notes he’d taken across two days.  It worked well (and the two together were interesting to compare).

You can use it in a presentation as a title (or end) slide.  You could use it as the cover of a dissertation (after putting the text through it).

While it is still a gimmick in many respects, it’s a useful way of representing a lot of text in a simple, easy to understand way.  If nothing else, for those who like words, it can produce interesting art.

Mappassion

November 6, 2008

TOTD went to an exhibition in our Eldon building today.  Well worth checking out if you’re local.

If not, check out just one of things decorating the wall – a map which looked like an normal Ordnance Survey map but turned out to be a ‘map’ of a thesaurus entry.  Fascinating for word lovers and map enthusiasts alike.

You can see a description and an electronic version of the map here:

http://www.mappassion.com/p4/index.htm

and might want to check out the site more generally:

http://www.mappassion.com/

Hot for Words

December 20, 2007

Several have suggested Hot for Words as a TOTD.  Mainly, I’m told, because it’s a good example of making ‘academic’ things fun.  So here it is:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qO72SYKcTZ8

how could any word lover not like it!  Hot for Words has covered lots of word meanings but this one for some unknown reason is particularly favourite.

French words missing in English

December 5, 2007

No word lover will want to miss this:

http://www.eupedia.com/europe/missing_words_english.shtml