Each week, we take a look at new and important Alexa skills you might want to consider enabling for your Alexa device. Amazon continues to improve Alexa with its own updates, but skills are software components that allow Alexa users to extend functionality across all Alexa-enabled devices in use for very specific functions.
This week’s skill: Tip of my tongue
Description: The skills is built to cure ‘Tip of my tongue’ which is where it derives its name from. Users can ask for something like “find a word that means rear of boat” and Alexa skill will respond with “I have found a list of words for you. The top results are stern, skeg, aft, astern, backwash and scull”. Users can look for synonyms of a word, synonyms that start with a specific letter of synonyms of a word. With T.O.M.T, we can find words based on description, meaning and their synonyms, we can also find associated or closely linked words by asking “search for word that often appears with wreak”.
Real world use: As a long-time writer, I am faced with this conundrum almost daily. There’s sometimes where the right word is just so elusive I have to walk away and do something else for a while until it just “pops” into my head. And, a lot of times when that happens, my flow of ideas has almost concluded. I’ll have this also happen in conversations and to finish the discussion I’ll often use a word I wasn’t quite happy with.
The Tip of the tongue skill helps take that frustration level down a few pegs. Just give the skill a few words that are close to what you’re looking for and it will deliver a full list of synonyms you can choose from. It’s a great writers tool, but also can be used in everyday conversations.
Alexa is available for Amazon devices Echo, Echo 2, Dot, Tap, Echo Spot, Echo Plus, Echo Show, Echo Look, Echo Connect, Dash Wand, Amazon Cloud Cam, Fire tablets, and Fire TV, Amazon Fire TV Edition TVs, in the Music app, but also on iOS, Android, and the web with Reverb.ai.
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