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#33000 - 06/24/01 02:21 PM Re: wordsmith.org -- NEW EMOTICONS ?  
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we need a smilie which I cannot describe as other than the shit-eating grin

Good one Sparteye! Very handy, that! As for the raspberry Thwaaaat emoticon, a "picture" of a real raspberry berry shouldn't be too difficult... and when first available should yield some interesting uses!
I'd like an emoticon of a musical note. An eighth to be precise. That's a filled in circle with a stem and a flag.
There is the old request for a Namaste emoticon, remember?
Namaste is a gesture of respect or greeting, or thanks, wherein the hands are placed palm-to-palm and brought to the face so that the thumbs are about at the chin.


#33001 - 06/24/01 11:52 PM Re: The ever-evolving wordsmith.org  
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Dearest Anu,

I have taken time to give this some serious thought. I like the second design much better than the first. I am still of the opinion that having the etymology and quotes on the same page as the word and the definition is better. But--you know, as it stands now, the opening page of Wordsmith.org does not include a word of the day, and the Word A Day mailing does not include an opening page of Wordsmith.org. What about just continuing to keep them separate? Links, of course.

And something else I really, really like about the current opening page of Wordsmith.org is this paragraph:
The music and magic of words -- that's what A.Word.A.Day is all about. This is the Web site for the mailing list A.Word.A.Day (AWAD), which sends a vocabulary word and its definition to the subscribers every day.

It doesn't necessarily have to stay exactly the same, but not only does it give an explanation for the first-timers, it adds that perfect homey touch. It sounds friendly and inviting, and I think will lead folks right on in.

I definitely vote for keeping the creator's picture!!! [starry-eyed grin emoticon]

I don't know that any of these would be appropriate to put as links, but here are two of my favorites, simply because they have so very, very much:
http://www.refdesk.com/
http://www.wolinskyweb.com/word.htm.

I'll also put in another plug for Atomica, even though it does fall short of the OED, because it is SO handy--you don't have to leave the page you're on. It is at least
a decent resource: what it doesn't have, it can google or search the internet, and do maps, and more.
http://www.atomica.com/

Here's the page of AWADtalk where we've listed a bunch of our favorite links:
http://wordsmith.org/board/showflat.pl?Cat=&Board=miscellany&Number=1268


#33002 - 06/25/01 01:46 AM Re: The ever-evolving wordsmith.org  
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>I definitely vote for keeping the creator's picture!!!

I just have to throw a spanner into the works on this one. I assumed that anu's picture was just a placeholder for whomever the upcoming chat guest was to be (thus the phoney date). correct me if I'm wrong, jazzo!


#33003 - 06/25/01 12:32 PM Re: wordsmith.org -- NEW EMOTICONS ?  
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Dear wow: Aren't you asking too much of the programmer, to convey such fine shades of emotion?


#33004 - 06/25/01 01:02 PM Re: wordsmith.org -- NEW EMOTICONS ?  
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I would like to see a Dr. Bill emoticon to convey heart-warming.


#33005 - 06/25/01 01:11 PM Re: wordsmith.org -- NEW EMOTICONS ?  
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...and we still need one (desperately) for irony, in the literal sense.


#33006 - 06/25/01 01:15 PM Re: The ever-evolving wordsmith.org  
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I also prefer the second design -- even cleaner and crisper, but creative and unique. Reminds me of Mondrian and Frank Lloyd Wright. Really well done, Jazzo.


#33007 - 06/25/01 01:17 PM Re: wordsmith.org -- NEW EMOTICONS ?  
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wow: Aren't you asking too much of the programmer

"Ask and it shall be given unto you ..."

Then, too, I have a great deal of faith in the younger generation's abilities!

Jackie : Your suggestions, as always, capture all that is good about the Board ... I nominate you for the rank of Guiding Light!
Are you listening, O Great and Powerful Anu?





#33008 - 06/25/01 03:28 PM Re: wordsmith.org -- NEW EMOTICONS ?  
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tsuwm reminds us we still need one (desperately) for irony, in the literal sense

Amen! How about one eyebrow raised? That could be useful in many wry ways...

And Jazz - I want to join the legions of your cheerleaders. The summer after I graduated from high school, I worked in a fabric store... you're certainly making more impact on a wider community with your efforts! Thank you!


#33009 - 06/25/01 03:44 PM Re: The ever-evolving wordsmith.org  
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Jazzo - your second look is great also - I'd be happy hanging out at either place.

One tiny little thing - where you have the word of the day, and the more link - perhaps you could put more about today's word?" This may not fit, but something, that makes clear what you're offering more of would be helpful to new visitors to the site.


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