A word’s worth at least one picture


Berkeley, CA, 2003

The Visual Dictionary is a photographic compendium of found words (from signage, advertising, etc). The goal is to eventually represent every English word as at least one image; users can search the database for a word, or contribute a word yourself.

I actually found this site last fall, but for a while, the editors were uploading very slowly. They seem to have caught up now. So for those who share my fascination with typography, here’s an excuse to go word-hunting: there are just under 3K words in the visual dictionary, but over half a million in the 2nd edition of the OED. Take your digital camera and fill some gaps!

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