Changes at WikiRhymer: Since we have collated and reported on the results of our 2013 WikiRhymer (“WR”) Survey (see post below), we have been busy making changes to WR.
Some 15 of the 132 of you that took the time to make actual comments in the Survey indicated a desire for more content at WR in the form of a dictionary, pronunciations, and synonyms/thesaurus. Related to that, a few of you also indicated that you wanted to be able to easily select a word at WR so that you could paste it somewhere else (like Google, for instance).
Downward Facing Caret: You will see that we have added these features. Anywhere you see a downward facing caret at WR, click on it to access definitions, pronunciation, and a thesaurus. (If a word is in green font, it is a link to a set of words at WR, and for that reason, it will not have a downward facing caret.) BTW, we chose to use a caret for two other reasons relating to the survey: (1) it separates words more clearly–some of you wanted that, and (2) by not making the words a link, they are now easily selectable.
Definitions: Now, with regard to the definitions, we choose the Google “define” approach to word definitions as we believe Google has the most complete “list” of English words on planet earth (because basically, they have appropriated for their own use and profit the intellectual property of the entire world–but that’s an editorial subject for another blog/day!).
Pronunciations: We choose Howjsay.com for pronunciations because we find it to be the most comprehensive. However, we do want to point out to you that often, the Google definition will have a pronunciation icon (looks like a little speaker) that you can click to hear how a word is pronounced. Also, the Howjsay.com site is a UK-English site and while they often provide an American pronunciation as well as a UK one–BEWARE (Americans)–you might be getting more of a UK pronunciation than US.
Thesaurus: Finally, we chose Roget’s Thesaurus over other synonym sites as it (1) has no ads to hassle you and (2) it provides not only synonyms, but context. You not only get synonyms for the word “love,” for instance, you get the word “hate” nearby and all of its connotations. We STRONGLY recommend that you push the button next to the “Search Full Text” search field at Roget’s rather than the “Headwords” search field. Many words are not “headwords” at Roget’s (i.e., words that are specifically defined), but are somewhere–in many cases, are in many places–in Roget’s.
In Closing…: We have made numerous other small changes (like reduced the membership fee to $5 per year), but we’ll forgo listing all of them and just keep you apprised in future blogs as to the major ones–and there are more coming!!
Thanks for being a WikiRhymer!!
Bud & Cheng