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Strike that, reverse it.

(Gratuitous Willy Wonka quote)

Pre-Internet, I used to work near a wonderful used book shop on South Michigan Avenue in Chicago, which used to be pleasantly grungy and crumbling but is probably slick and sanitized nowadays. I got all kinds of interesting reference books there, one of which I still treasure and use constantly. It's the Reader's Digest Illustrated Reverse Dictionary.

If you know the definition of a word and you're willing to flounder around, there's a good chance you'll find it. I've used it to figure out what the crank part of a well is called. (I don't remember, in fact, but I could look it up again if I needed it!) I had a tall character who had to worry about hitting his head going down the basement stairs. I found exactly the architectural thing he'd hit it on.

Imagine my delight when I discovered there's now such a thing online!
OneLook Reverse Dictionary


I find this particularly good for trying to brainstorm titles. (I hate figuring out titles!)

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byrne
Jan. 23rd, 2008 03:05 pm (UTC)
!!!!!! *gleeeeeeeee*

This is GREAT!! Thank you so much! *adds it to collection*
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