Face it, lawyers are paid to communicate. Our clients want us to be advocates (or gladiators) for their position, and we use language as our primary weapon. My children ask me what I do at work, and I tell them that I am a wordsmith, which always draws a chuckle from my wife.
Sometimes, we struggle to find just the right word to convey the meaning we intend. In such circumstances, most of us reach for our thesaurus of choice. I recently discovered a cool new type of thesaurus, the Visual Thesaurus.
With this product, you type in a term and watch as an interactive word map blossoms with meanings and branches to related words. You can drag words around and play with them visually to engage a different part of your brain.
You can try it out for free and even get a 14 day risk free trial, but the Visual Thesaurus is a subscription-based service. It costs $19.95 a year (or $2.95 a month) for the web version, or $39.95 for the desktop version on CD.