I need adjectives!
October 18, 2007 10:22 PM Subscribe
I need . . . adjectives! Is there a *scannable* online dictionary or some way in which I can search through giant lists just for the adjectives?
posted by Dee Xtrovert to Writing & Language (9 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Through ardent work, brain-searching and tedious list-making, I have compiled a list of roughly 6,000 adjectives for a very cool project language project I'm doing.
I am specifically looking for adjectives that people are likely to use in everyday speech or writing at least once in their life. So "tetrahydrogrammatical" isn't really going to help me per se! Slangy adjectives are okay as long as they've existed in English long enough to become encounterable and continually used outside of just a subculture. So "groovy" would be fine, whereas "rockist" would still be too specific to a small group of people in a short timeframe. Somewhat archaic words are okay if they're still likely to be encountered even rarely in speech; "smitten" would work, but probably not "pantaloon'd." I've looked for adjective lists online and while I have found some, they are generally include fewer than 1600 words -- less than what've already found.
Since "adj." is the ordinary dictionary abbreviation for "adjective" and an unusual letter-cluster in English, it would seem me that if there were a scannable online dictionary, I could just pick them by searching for that abbreviation. Of course, any unusual adjective lists would be great, too.
I'll post details on the project once it's near completion. Many MeFites will be interested, I promise.