Wordnet. This is what you call a dictionary!!
Thread poster: Dave Greatrix

Dave Greatrix  Identity Verified
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Jan 28, 2002

Quotes taken from a press article 22 January 2002: http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/index.ssf?/page1/ledger/15a30b1.html

\"George Miller is still not sure what he was thinking when he set out to write his own dictionary. By his own definition he was mad (meaning \"brainsick, crazy, demented, distracted, disturbed, sick, unbalanced, unhinged-- affected with madness or insanity\").

Nearly two decades ago, the Princeton University psychology professor needed a decent computerized dictionary to help devise experimental tests to determine how children\'s brains learn language. The major dictionary publishers, however, all wanted several thousand dollars in fees before they would turn over their software.

\"I said, \'The hell with you, I\'ll make my own dictionary,\' \" recalled Miller, 81.\"

\"Instead of just listing the words and their definitions, Miller decided to show how every word is linked to another. Type in the word \"tree\" and the user gets not only the definition, synonyms and antonyms, but the hypernyms (a tree is a kind of what?), meronyms (what are the parts of a tree?) and more. The user can also find a list of thousands of trees, from yellowwood tree to the Tree of Knowledge, and even all words that contain the letters t-r-e-e.\"

\" Recently, he received an e-mail from Oxford University in England requesting permission to use the term \"WordNet.\" Oxford, publisher of the 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary -- the gold standard among scholars -- is considering putting together an online web of intersecting words modeled after Miller\'s Princeton project. \"

\"Oxford is developing its own WordNet,\" Miller said with a grin. \"That means you\'ve really arrived, when the dictionary publishers start stealing your stuff.\"

You\'ll find WordNet @ : http://www.notredame.ac.jp/cgi-bin/wn

Well worth a look.

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Fascinating! Jan 28, 2002

More than well worth a look...a fabulous feast!

Many thanks for this!




Well worth a look.


Patricia Lutteral  Identity Verified
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Great! Jan 28, 2002

Thanks, David, this is amazing.

Best regards,



Ester Vidal (X)
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Fantastic!!!! Jan 28, 2002

Marvellous, terrific,tremendous, wonderful, extraordinary...

Many thanks for that,


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Thanks for a great tip! Jan 28, 2002

Finally a dictionary that offers more than the standard stuff. A joy to look up words in this one!


Judy Rojas  Identity Verified
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Great job! Jan 28, 2002

Thanks! You should at least get some Kudoz points for such magnificent contribution.


Laurent Slowack  Identity Verified
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What's in a name? Jan 28, 2002

Here we can find what\'s in it. I join congratulations to this contribution.


Paul Roige (X)
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Whoaaa!! Jan 28, 2002

Far out!, if it\'s what it seems, it\'s bye to hard copy monolinguals then...icon_smile.gif


Henry Dotterer
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Version 1.7.1 Jan 28, 2002

Version 1.7.1 is more manageable:



Robert INGLEDEW  Identity Verified
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I am still a hard nut to crack and prefer conventional dictionaries, because you are not always sure if a web source is realiable. I generally go to the web when the dictionaries give me no answers. However, I have found that www.acronymfinder.com is very useful when I do not know the meaning of an acronym.

Robert Ingledew


Adolpho J Silva  Identity Verified
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WordNet Feb 1, 2002

Dear David,

The WordNet Dictionary is simply outstanding ! I\'ve never run accross such a complete work. Thanks for your indication, which is extremely helpful to all translators.

Greetings from Rio !


Adolpho J Silva

Accredited Translator

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