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and Writing Systems
|Here find out about the
relationship between various alphabets, syllabaries, etc. Not
strictly an "English language site", but this was the best
place to put the link!
|This site will keep you
amazed for hours.
Old English at the
Univ. of Virginia
|Cathy Ball's Hwaet!
site is no longer on Georgetown's server, but Peter Baker maintains a
great site at the University of Virginia.
The Labyrinth On-Line Medieval Library
|A fascinating site, with
Old English, Middle English, and Anglo-Saxon sections in the library.
|Articles regarding English
translation, and resources including tools and career information.
The Middle English Collection at
the Electronic Text Center of the University of Virginia
|This is a fine site
which gives access to on-line Middle English texts.
|They use what they call constructional linguistics
to find appropriate English names for companies. Check out their
|Ruth Pettis, Word Safari Game
Warden, offers a site that takes a playful approach to increasing
vocabulary, sending users on expeditions across the Web to see
featured words and phrases used in context. It is a clever idea that
is well-executed and sure to give you surfing (and vocabulary-building) enjoyment.
Legends and Folklore at About.com
|The title really says it
|A blog where the
writer discusses trivia, including word origins.
Zhongwen.com - Chinese Etymologies
fascinating site, whose title says it all.
Word Origins . org
|Dave Wilton's impressive
& Elements Multidictionary
|Peter van der Krogt's great site, based upon the periodic table of
elements, gives the origins of the names of the elements. Super stuff.
|This UK site has quite a
database of phrases!
|Mike Campbell has a
nice site which lists first names (Christian names as they are sometimes known) in
alphabetical order and gives the etymology of each. This was
formerly known as The Etymology of First Names. NEW:
this site now includes surnames!
|From this link you can access
Wordsmith.org, where you'll find A.Word.A.Day (via e-mail), the
Internet Anagram server, The Wordserver, and Listat.
|WordSmyth English Dictionary-Thesaurus
|WEDT for short. It
"is a database of relationships between word senses" with an on-line search
|A World of Words
|Professor John Lawler's
page for his freshman Etymology class contains an amazing number of
language-related links. Why, there's even a link to the Dakota
Language Home Page here!
The Hall of Fame:
|Now they're in on the
act! Don't forget who was here first (in the "ask"
department, anyhow)! (WE were, of course!)
Focusing on Words
|Learn more about Latin
and Greek roots in English. This is a subscriber service, but there are still
information and teasers available for non-subscribers.
Barnette and Grant Barrett's A Way With Words
Martha Barnette, the writer
who brought you Ladyfingers and
Nun's Tummies, among others, hosts a radio show about words,
Barrett. Ask your NPR station to carry A Way With Words
if they don't already!
Richard Lederer's Verbivore Page
|This is the web site of
Richard Lederer, the king of language laughs and priceless puns (in such books as Anguished
English and Get Thee to a Punnery).
|What a wondrous site for the
glosso- and logophile in you! It's available in Deutsch, Español, Français, Italiano, Português,
to boot. There are seemingly endless resources here, plus the
Ask a Linguist service. It's not strictly etymology, but it
certainly deserves to be in The Hall of Fame.
Michael Qunion's World Wide Words
|Michael Quinion has an
extensive and most wonderful site. It should come as no surprise that he's
affiliated with the Oxford English Dictionary, among other notable institutions.
|Read articles from renowned commentators on the English
language who are as curmudgeonly as we are! Full access to the
site's articles does require a subscription, but it is darn cheap!
We subscribed and we are as poor as dirt!
The Word Detective
|Evan Morris' column, Words,
Wit and Wisdom, is now available on the Web. Mr.
Morris is the son of William and Mary Morris (see our bibliography).
Word for Word
|This is a page devoted
to etymology by Terry O'Connor, who writes a column for a Queensland, Australia newspaper.
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