Friday, April 08, 2005

The Visual Thesaurus

For new bloggers like myself, I come to appreciate even more words and the meaning and weight of definition they carry.

I recall a college level study on the Greek language one summer at Belmont Church examining the Greek language in Christianity. The Greek language is so rich in definition, in other words – reading the Bible in the Greek context vs. English is like watching sports on a 63 inch HDTV with a surround sound unit versus a 27 inch stereo television.

As an example: The term "Christ" is derived from the Greek noun Χριστός Khristós which means "anointed one", and is a translation of the Hebrew word Moshiach (Hebrew: משיח, also written "Messiah"). Christian means "belonging to Christ" or "of Christ".

Being a visual guy with a renewed appreciation for words, may I recommend:

The Visual Thesaurus is a dictionary and thesaurus with an intuitive interface to encourage exploration and learning. Available in both a Desktop Edition and an Online Edition, the Visual Thesaurus is a terrific way to improve your understanding of the English Language.

Try it for yourself here

1 comment:

Craig Kitch said...

Outstanding! Looks like it is built on the priciples of Mind Mapping. Very interesting way to improve your English skills as well.