Print Dictionary Links
The New Oxford American Dictionary
The Oxford English Dictionary. Subscription required to search.
Cambridge University Press Dictionaries
American Heritage Dictionaries
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.
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.
The Dictionary Development Group: Online Dictionary Query. Includes Merriam-Webster 1913 and Bierce’s Devil’s Dictionary.
Dictionary of Newfoundland English
Language-Related Sites and Blogs
Ask Oxford Language Site
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
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
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
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.
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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