Do you ever have a problem with words? Not worms. Words. Sometimes I do. Sometimes I know the word I want to use and it's just not clear to me; it's on the tip of my keyboard.
This morning I wanted to use the word collaborators. I started to type it then realized I couldn't remember how to spell it. No problem, I'll just sound it out. Corraburators didn't look right. The more I tried to sound it out the worse my brain tried to pronounce it. I could no longer say the word that I wanted to use. Corrabulate. Coraburator. Corwabuwate. Corwabulate. Corlatchulate. Carburetor! No. That's a car part. Corroborate! Yes! That's it! Wait a minute.... that means to back up information or vouch. I wanted a "person to work with me". No wonder I was having such a hard time! I knew the word I wanted but my brain was on another word altogether! Think, Brain. Nonplussed, I simply used the word contributors instead. The substitute word worked in my situation but my sentence could have been so much better had my brain been cooperating with me!
If your brain is not cooperating with you, for whatever reason, you can go to http://thesaurus.reference.com/ It's such a nice reference tool. For example, it you type carberator instead of carburetor, it politely tells you "Did you mean creator? generator? curator? cabaret? carbonate? ..... collaborator? YES! COLLABORATOR is exactly what I wanted at the beginning of all this. Thank you, Thesaurus.reference.com. You are so thoughtful and patient!