Unusual Dictionaries

The Nonverbal Dictionary
“Defines” and explores non-verbal cues from neurological, anatomical, and of course social standpoints. Includes usage. Developed by the Center for Nonverbal Studies.

A “graphical” dictionary that shows relationships between words and concepts visually. Hovering over the words gives definitions.

OneLook Reverse Dictionary
Look up a concept or definition or generate a list of items with a shared characteristic or related by a concept (e.g., “green fruit“).

A dictionary with videos that “bring to life” the words being defined. The videos range from comic (see: offal) to performative (see: rhythm) and all include an element of storytelling (see: literacy).

A pronunciation guide in which users upload audio files of pronunciations with different accents and varying audio fidelity qualities. (We like the variety found in the entry for “data” particularly.)


Author: Jessica Speer

As the Research Specialist at SSRC, Jessica edits re/search, consults with faculty, and conducts SSRC research projects. She is interested in questions of information management, preservation, communication, and dissemination.

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