I was listening to an audio book on how to talk to people and make conversation. Yes, I’m somewhat socially clueless. One of the recommendations was that you should have a personal thesaurus where you substitute about 20 to 30 words of the most commonly used words in your typical conversation for something more unique or creative. For example, if I wanted to imply “smart”, I could use “resourceful” instead.
I thought that if this principle was valid for a conversation, maybe it would be useful in the blogosphere. A hypthetical tool could crawl through blog postings of a blog constructing a statistical analysis of the words the blog writer uses, and then using a thesaurus web service to suggest alternatives.