How an online dictionary can help you find your muse
Thanks to the internet and easy access to online dictionaries, you know longer have to find yourself a giant dictionary in order to figure out the meaning of a new word or phrase that you stumble upon. By using this resource to look up a words meaning, you can better find insight that can help on your quest to find your muse.
Look it up
Nowadays, if you do not understand the meaning of a certain word, there is no need to trudge up to some monolithic book of words and meanings, all you need to do is go to an online dictionary and type it in. Heck, you do not even have to type it in anymore. If you are reading something on your computer, you can simply highlight the word and then look it up. Kids these days do not know how easy they have it. Call me a romantic, but I kind of miss going up to one of those gigantic dictionaries that libraries kept chained to a podium in order to figure out what the meaning of a particular word was. With the internet available just about everywhere, these big books that explained everything are becoming hard and harder to find.
Okay, whom am I kidding?
Back in the days before the internet, if I came across a word that I did not know, I would not trudge on over to the library to make use of the huge dictionary, I would simply skip over the word and do the best that I could to figure out the meaning from the words around it and go from there. This method sometimes worked, but many times I would end up completely clueless as to the actual meaning of the word and wind up completely misunderstanding the thing that I just read.
I have to say that since the advent of online dictionaries, I have been able to gain a deeper understanding of words and their meanings. This of course has also given me more opportunities to become creatively inspired by the words and phrases that I come across. Now if, I come across a obscure word that I do not know, I can simply go online and look it up and find out what the writer is really trying to say. Even if I am pretty sure about the meaning of a word, I can gain further insight into a particular word or subject by looking it up and seeing what other meanings there might be as well as what other subjects could possibly be related to it. This can lead me down different paths of creative inspiration and fuel new ideas that I can work on.
Next time you are doing a little inspirational research and come across a word that is new to you, try looking it up in an online dictionary to see if discovering its meaning might help you in your quest for your muse. Even, if you think you know the meaning, look up the word anyway to see if there happens to be any other meanings that can shed a creative light.