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WordNet+Artha: A great Linux thesaurus combo

Jan 31, 2011, 22:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack Wallen)

"I am a writer. I write loads of technical documentation as well as novels (check out my fiction on Smashwords and Autumnal Press). Because of my trade I am always seeking out tools to aid in my own process. And although the web has made everything so much easier, it is still good to have a few dedicated tools around to make everything easier.

"One of the tools I take advantage of is a thesaurus. Since using a paper thesaurus is so '80s, it's almost a necessity to have one in the electronic form. My favorite to use is a combination of the tried and true WordNet and the GUI front-end Artha. With this combination you have a thesaurus at the ready with a simple hot key combination. Let's take a look at installing and using this handy tool.

"The tools

"You may have heard of WordNet before. It's a very handy command-line interface for the WordNet lexical database. By itself, WordNet is not terribly helpful (unless you are using it for writing scripts or applications). When combined with a front-end however, WordNet is very powerful."

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