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Offline ShadowclawTopic starter

Looking for a good reverse look up reference site for...
« on: March 11, 2014, 11:25:02 PM »
slang, idioms, sayings, etc. I can usually only think of a related word, meaning, or synonym, which doesn't get me anywhere on all the reference sites I've found through Google. The Free Dictionary tries but very rarely is any help. I already know of onelook, word hippo, dictionary.reference.com, and thesaurus.com, but none of them can help me with this. Can anyone recommend a good reverse look up reference site for this purpose?

If there isn't one... it sure would be nice if someone was suddenly inspired to build one. *nudge nudge* :D
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Re: Looking for a good reverse look up reference site for...
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2014, 09:45:31 AM »
Are you looking for period slang, etc. or modern?

Period is covered by most dictionaries. I even saw one that had apeshit in it.

Modern, you might try Urban Dictionary, but it has... security issues so I'm told. Never experienced them first-hand myself.

Offline ShadowclawTopic starter

Re: Looking for a good reverse look up reference site for...
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2014, 11:53:51 AM »
Normal dictionaries or reverse look up? And are there any reverse look up that are dedicated to this kind of thing?

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Re: Looking for a good reverse look up reference site for...
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2014, 12:22:33 PM »
Normal dictionaries or reverse look up? And are there any reverse look up that are dedicated to this kind of thing?
Honestly, I have no idea what you mean by "reverse look up". :\

Offline ShadowclawTopic starter

Re: Looking for a good reverse look up reference site for...
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2014, 02:00:42 PM »
You've never used a reverse look up dictionary or thesaurus before? Here, try this and see what I mean:

http://www.onelook.com/reverse-dictionary.shtml

Basically its where you look up a word by its meaning, when you can't remember the word it self. You can use a site like that to describe the word, then it'll give you a list of words that it thinks you're describing. :) That site works better than the reverse look up books I've tried using in the past.
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Re: Looking for a good reverse look up reference site for...
« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2014, 04:09:27 PM »
You've never used a reverse look up dictionary or thesaurus before? Here, try this and see what I mean:

http://www.onelook.com/reverse-dictionary.shtml

Basically its where you look up a word by its meaning, when you can't remember the word it self. You can use a site like that to describe the word, then it'll give you a list of words that it thinks you're describing. :) That site works better than the reverse look up books I've tried using in the past.
Actually, I found that sort of unhelpful. :\ I put it through several paces and the term (whose definition was pasted in verbatim) I was looking for didn't even get in the top ten. :|

Offline Petronius

Re: Looking for a good reverse look up reference site for...
« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2014, 05:05:58 AM »
I'd say your best bet is posting on http://english.stackexchange.com/ . You usually get helpful replies within minutes.

Offline alextaylor

Re: Looking for a good reverse look up reference site for...
« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2014, 09:22:09 AM »
Yeah, this kind of thing is actually difficult to code, on the level that you could get filthy rich by being the first person to do. I use English SE for that kind of thing. Sometimes the answer pops up on a suggestion while you're typing the question.

Offline TwoHundredTabs

Re: Looking for a good reverse look up reference site for...
« Reply #8 on: May 25, 2014, 11:18:15 AM »
It's been an endless source of frustration for me when I know there's a word or phrase I'm looking for that more precisely describes what I want to say (so, not necessarily a hyponym, but perhaps a certain turn of phrase), and I simply can't recall it.  Something like meronyms for things that tend to not have many words (like emotions) are especially hard. I so want emotional and sexual lexicons to be expanded.

I'd give all of my dollars for a website that could help with finding the right words, as I'm almost never just looking for something as simple as a synonym. I'm not going to pay for something as inefficient/ineffective as Visual Thesaurus, so Wikisaurus ( http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Category:Wikisaurus )  is one of my favorite things.