Language Links

Print Dictionary Links
  • The New Oxford American Dictionary
  • The Oxford English Dictionary. Subscription required to search.
  • Cambridge University Press Dictionaries
  • Longman Dictionaries
  • American Heritage Dictionaries
  • Merriam-Webster Dictionaries
  • Wordplay Sites
  • Judi Wolinsky's Word Play Links Page. A very large list that overlaps with other categories on this page. Check it out!
  • Word Ways -- a magazine of anagrams, puzzles, etc.
  • The Palindromist
  • Don Ricklin's Polysemania links page
  • The Collective Nouns page
  • The Dialectizer. A fun device for translating webpages or blocks of text into "redneck," Cockney, Elmer Fudd, Swedish Chef, and other dialects.
  • Metaplasm -- a journal of metaplastic words. (Odd blends of two other words, and their possible meanings.)
  • Online Fun Dictionaries
  • Pseudodictionary.com -- the dictionary for words that wouldn't make it into dictionaries.
  • the Grandiloquent Dictionary of unusual words.
  • Roger's Profanisaurus
  • The Dictionary Development Group: Online Dictionary Query. Includes Merriam-Webster 1913 and Bierce's Devil's Dictionary.
  • Dictionary of Newfoundland English
  • YourDictionary.com
  • Language-Related Sites and Blogs
  • Ask Oxford Language Site
  • Fury.com
  • Memepool Linguistics
  • The Willard R. Espy Literary Foundation for the Advancement of the Literary and Linguistic Arts
  • Word-A-Day Sites and Other Mailing Lists
    most of the print dictionary sites also have their own word-a-day-lists
  • A Word A Day
  • Worthless Word For the Day
  • Michael Quinion's World Wide Words. Highly Recommended!
  • The Word Spy, by Paul McFedries. The sleuthing of new words and old words used in new ways.
  • The Word Detective on the Web is the online version of The Word Detective, a newspaper column answering readers' questions about words and language. The Word Detective is written by Evan Morris and appears in finer newspapers in the U.S., Mexico and Japan.
  • Neat New Stuff I Found This Week, by Marylaine Block, librarian and websurfer
  • Grammar, Spelling, and Usage Sites
  • Human SpellCheck. Finds amusing errors in the press.
  • Common Errors In English, from Professor Paul Brians.
  • Language and Dictionary Societies
  • The Dictionary Society of North America
  • The American Dialect Society
  • Euralex
  • SPELL: The Society for the Preservation of English Language and Literature
  • The English-Speaking Union
  • The Queen's English Society
  • The Plain Language Association International
  • The Apostrophe Protection Society
  • Names Sites
  • Medieval Names Archive: "This collection of articles on medieval and renaissance names is intended to help historical re-creators to choose authentic names." There are sections on choosing a medieval name, names in specific cultures, and names of places, things, and animals."
  • Popular Cat Names
  • Popular Dog Names
  • For Kids
  • The Language Construction Kit. This site helps kids think through the process of creating sounds, grammar, lexicon, and alphabet.
  • VERBage: Where great verbs and nouns meet!" The site includes a list of verb-noun collocations for the purpose of producing a "complete" list to aid students of writing.
  • Miscellaneous Sites
  • This free UK site searches many texts, including Tom McArthur's Oxford Companion to the English Language and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Linguistics.
  • Omniglot.com. A Guide to Writing Systems.
  • November is National Novel Writing Month!
  • Glossaries for Insurance Agents. Check out the links to glossaries of crime and fraud.
  • Glossarist.com. A search tool for internet glossaries.
  • Language in the Media
  • The BBC's Routes of English programmes
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