January 25th, 2009


Collateral Repairs

I found this nifty new term in a blog post:

You've heard of collateral damage. Now let's consider collateral repairs.

The phrase "collateral repair" has been used in other ways, but I want to propose a writer's jargon application of the term which dovetails with Blake Snyder's explanation of screenplay structure.

Collateral repairing would be some sort of healing, fixing, anti-damage side-effect that an action might have as an unexpected consequence or side-effect, not the goal of the action.

I have characters who do this constantly -- they just about can't turn around without creating collateral repairs.

It drives some of my other characters buggy.

This saves me so much work.
perk, attention, wolf

SQUEE! Social-networking Multilingual Dictionary: Leximo

Leximo is a free, social-networking, multilingual dictionary. SQUEE! I must tell everyone I know. SQUEE! So far Leximo has over 92,000 words. You can search for popular words or recent words, add new words yourself, or click popular tags (which include languages and some categories of words). Entries include the word, its score, the person who submitted it, its language, and its definition. The better the definition, the higher the score should go. The "social networking" part is that you can click on people's profiles and read the words they've submitted, so you can pay more attention to reliable users; there's room for a bio, location, and website too.

I don't know yet if this site is restricted to natural languages or includes auxiliary and constructed languages. I also don't know how well it handles diacritical markings or unusual letter shapes. So far it doesn't seem to include other scripts besides the English alphabet. But it's a cool idea and a good start. Look for me as Ysabetwordsmith.