If you’re looking for an ice-cool on-line dictionary and thesaurus, give the Visuwords on-line graphic dictionary a spin. Among other things, it produces “diagrams reminiscent of a neural net” to show associations between words. When you hover your pointer over a word, it displays the word’s definition. Whether or not you find it useful, you’ll have fun playing with it. (Hat tip to Ken Davis.)
I feel bad when I lose an appeal. If you feel the same way, consider this reflection by Stephen Seckler, posted at Counsel to Counsel, about lessons learned from baseball:
Baseball teaches us that losing is the norm. A batter who gets a hit
one out of every three times he is up at the plate is considered a
superstar. A team that wins ten games in a row is on fire. Winners are
not individuals who “win” all the time. Winners are individuals who
know how to get past failure.
Vicenç Feliú; Foreign, Comparative and International Law Librarian at the LSU Law Center, is overseeing a Civil Law Dictionary wiki. Civil law is the legal system observed in Louisiana, continental Europe, and many other jurisdictions. Common law, on the other hand, is the legal system observed in England and the United States (excluding Louisiana). If the Civil Law Dictionary wiki is successful, it will help folks who need to translate civil-law terms into common law, and vice-versa.
Garbl's Writing Center is an impressive collection of on-line resources for writers. Besides collecting links to resources all over the Web, it contains its own style manual and concise-writing guide. It's maintained by Gary B. Larson, who says that GWC "reflects my commitment to my growth, to clear, concise, and useful writing and to helping others improve their writing. I believe the Internet, used responsibly, has the power and potential to enhance our communication and citizen action."
Warning: GWC includes some political messages, especially on the home page, with which you may agree or disagree. Gary is an unapologetic lefty, and uses GWC to advertise his views in strong language. He says, "I support liberal, progressive candidates, campaigns
and causes: peace and disarmament, environmental protection,
public education, public transportation, economic opportunity,
and civil, equal and human rights." He's not a fan of the current administration.
Here's a resource to help you translate current slang into standard English. The Urban Dictionary bills itself as "a living catalog of human interaction and popular culture created by hundreds of thousands of people, and read by millions." Like Wikipedia, it's written and edited by its readers. It offers Urban Word of the Day, which you can receive by e-mail or RSS feed.