Tuesday, April 21, 2015

R = Reverse Dictionary.

A reverse dictionary can come in handy when you know the definition, but you can’t think of the word. This happens to me a few times a year. For example: “What do you call a lawman in the 1700’s”

This question came up for my work in progress which is set in the 1700’s. I couldn’t think of anything, except sheriff, which I knew wasn’t right. So I searched for “lawman in the 1700’s.” It listed marshal, warden, ranger, and more. Then the word “constable” came up and I went with it. It fit well with the small village in the story. 

It also makes a good thesaurus.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, that does sound handy!

Pat Dilloway said...

That would be handy sometimes when I've got a word on the tip of my tongue but can't quite think of it.