Oh, so that's what that thing on my sink is called!
November 28, 2007 5:58 AM   Subscribe

Visual Dictionary Online - diagrams of everyday objects (and ones not so ordinary) for the visual thinkers among us. (via)
posted by desjardins (15 comments total) 18 users marked this as a favorite

 
Holy shit, what a cool idea. Good on you, Mirriam-Webster!
posted by Greg Nog at 6:01 AM on November 28, 2007


They also have a game of the week where you must match the word with the part. This week's instruments are pretty easy, but the castle kicked my ass.
posted by Terminal Verbosity at 6:25 AM on November 28, 2007


I hope they've put the female anatomy section on it's own clustered server.
posted by DU at 6:33 AM on November 28, 2007


Neat!
posted by Mister_A at 6:37 AM on November 28, 2007


Oh man, this is great! I can see already this game is going to suck me right in.
posted by Nabubrush at 6:37 AM on November 28, 2007


I had a book with a similar concept... The English Duden, if anyone's heard of it. Glad to see it in web form.
posted by kureshii at 6:46 AM on November 28, 2007


Very nice! (And yes, kureshii, I remember that book, though I never bought a copy.)
posted by languagehat at 7:05 AM on November 28, 2007


That is neato-cool. Thanks!
posted by Turtles all the way down at 8:27 AM on November 28, 2007


The euro is the common currency of the countries that belong to the European Union; it was introduced in January 2002.

Hope this is the only mistake cause the visual dictionary's a cool idea. The euro is the currency of the countries that belong to the Eurozone.
posted by ersatz at 8:37 AM on November 28, 2007


As any magician can tell you, to know the true name of things is to have power over them.
No longer will you escape my grasp, little springy doohickie! No, you are mine now, ball-cock supply valve!
MWAHAHAHA!

Thanks for the post!
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 8:50 AM on November 28, 2007


Great first step.

Now what I really need it the version that lets me hold up something to my web cam and ask, "what the heck is this?" and have the web site show me (and probably have eBay tell me how much it's worth).
posted by cptnrandy at 10:36 AM on November 28, 2007 [1 favorite]


I agree, cptnrandy, especially since I live with cats. I found a 2"x3" metal rectangle under the couch and it took me weeks to figure out that it was one of the weights from the vertical blinds. To cats, of course, everything's a toy.
posted by desjardins at 11:07 AM on November 28, 2007


Finally! Now I know not to eat these if a burner offers me one...
posted by Unicorn on the cob at 11:26 AM on November 28, 2007


cptnrandy: "Great first step.

Now what I really need it the version that lets me hold up something to my web cam and ask, "what the heck is this?" and have the web site show me (and probably have eBay tell me how much it's worth).
"

It's your penis, and I'll give you a tenner for a taxi to the hospital.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 6:17 PM on November 28, 2007


A former boyfriend bought me a visual dictionary as a gift once. At first I was like "wtf?" but now I realize that these things are PRICELESS COMMODITIES! Oh, the bets I have won!
posted by iamkimiam at 1:19 AM on December 5, 2007


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