I’ve posted about Visual Thesaurus before. It’s a web or stand-alone application that offers a remarkable visual tour of language.
I have the on-line subscription so can use Visual Thesaurus on any machine with a web connection. Unfortunately I had some trouble running it at home but found updating my Java install fixed whatever the problem was so all is well again.
Have a look at the animation in the extended post to see words and the relationships between them in a whole new way. If you are trying to find a word or brainstorm Visual Thesaurus may make connections you’d otherwise never see.
Try it at: http://www.visualthesaurus.com/