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WordWeb – a free dictionary and thesaurus for non SUV drivers


Nice to see that the WordWeb dictionary and thesaurus is still around, and in a nice shiny new version too. 150,000 root words, 120,000 synonym sets, direct links to Wikipedia and other online sources all available in a standalone package or as a plug-in for Microsoft Word. It’s still free too, which is great, although the developers now have some rather stringent licensing rules (see below). A required download for writers.

 WordWeb is a free English thesaurus and dictionary for Windows, and can be used to look up words from within almost any program in just one click. It works off-line, but can also look up words in web references such as the Wikipedia encyclopedia…

You may use the program free of charge indefinitely only if

  • You take at most 4 flights (2 return flights) in any 12 month period
  • AND you do not own or regularly drive an SUV (sports utility vehicle).

If you do not qualify you must uninstall the program after the 30-day trial period or purchase WordWeb Pro. The licence is designed to provide a small incentive for people with massively unsustainable emissions to cut down.

Red – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.

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