Someone posted the OneLook dictionary aggregator to the OWW ML a while back, and I've been using it and loving it.
It also has a thesaurus-like feature, the Reverse Dictionary, in which you enter a concept, and it gives you a bunch of related words.
This is very cool. But it is also way too much fun. Using it as a thesaurus, I've learned words I never knew, met very peculiar people I never knew existed, wasted time I didn't have—wait, that's not so great. Like I said, it's really too much fun. What I find most purely entertaining is its lists of related words, which at first glance sometimes seem to be all over the map, but on closer examination, really are all related to the concept you typed in.
Example: I wanted to know the genus/species of the vampire bat. So I told the Reverse Dictionary, vampire bat. I got the vampire bat genus (the desmodontidae), but also most of both the cast and the dramatis personae of Buffy down to Willow's pet cat, a bunch of non-vampire bats, the penanggalan and pontianak (both female Malay vampires), Twickenham Film Studios, a London film studio where Interview with the Vampire was filmed (among many other films), Count Duckula (!), and Yoshitaka Amano. Who? Well, he's one of the Final Fantasy character designers. But he's on this list doubtless because he also did the illos for the Vampire Hunter D novel. And that's just on the first page of results.
A search on gun parts brought up a lot of gun parts, but I also learned what a bullpup is (I had heard the term, but didn't know the meaning), and what a cocksucking cowboy is. I'm not sure what a drink made with butterscotch schnapps and Baileys Irish Cream has to do with gun parts; maybe it was the reference to a 'shot' glass.
All of which is to blame for my only having cranked out 291 words this morning.
Write-write: 291 words on the bat riders story. We're already up to 3900 words, and we're not even close to the climax, denouement, secondary climax, secondary denouement. I estimate at least 2000 words to go. I seem to be incapable of writing a story of less than 5-6K words, dammit.
設備 == setsubi == facilities
|Origin obscure. Left radical is 'person' (人), right radical is 'bending person'. How this character arrived at its present meaning is controversial. Henshall suggests taking the right radical as 'use' (用), grass (the top portion), and roof (the middle portion), and as a mnemonic: 'Person equipped with grass uses it for roof.'|