Aside from The Mavens' Word of the Day , there are a great
many other on-line resources of interest to English language buffs. Here
are a few of our favorites, in alphabetical order; many of these have
additional links to more language sites.
- English Usage
The exceptionally useful Webs site of the Internet newsgroup alt.usage.english,
covering everything from the etymology of common phrases to advice on
reference works to the use of ASCII to represent International Phonetic
Alphabet symbols. Perhaps the best single document on the Net devoted
to English. The site has Mark Israel's FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
and some other, more recent FAQ documents.
- American Dialect Society
The American Dialect Society is the premier scholarly organization for
the study of the English language in North America. Their Web site provides
background about the ADS, an index to its journal, American Speech,
information about and archives of ADS-L, the Society's very active electronic
mailing list, and more.
- American Name Society
A brief description of the American Name Society, devoted to the study
of names--both personal and geographical--and naming practices in the
U.S. and abroad.
- Copy Editor
The Web site for Copy Editor, an outstanding newsletter for publishing
professionals. Especially good in its coverage of cutting-edge language
- Dictionary of
American Regional English
The Dictionary of American Regional English, or DARE, is an ongoing
project (three volumes, covering the letters A through O, have been
published) to catalogue the regional variations in American English.
The DARE site provides a general introduction to this most important
- The Eclectic Company
An array of links to sites, resources, and articles on many aspects
of English (and other languages) by University of Michigan linguist
John Lawler. Includes Lawler's own excellent articles on usage, and
the great ChomskyBot, which randomly generates surprisingly believable
- Grammar and
A large collection of essays by Jack Lynch, a graduate student in English,
covering grammar, usage, and style. Concise and sensible.
- The Jargon File
An extremely comprehensive guide to the language of the on-line world.
Has existed in various forms for many years, and has been published
in print as (most recently) The New Hacker's Dictionary. Detailed, accurate
definitions, masses of historical information, zesty writing. Indispensable.
- Oxford English Dictionary
Though still under development and not fully accessible to the public,
the Oxford English Dictionary's site has much fascinating material about
the greatest historical dictionary ever produced.
- World Wide Words
A collection of short essays by Michael Quinion on a wide variety of
topics. Sections on new words, newsworthy words, old obscure words,
and usage notes. Consistently interesting and reliable.
- Verbatim Magazine
Verbatim has long been the premier popular magazine devoted to the English
language. Recently relaunched under the editorship of the brilliant
young lexicographer Erin McKean, it is filled with fascinating and clear
articles about all aspects of English.
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More Language Links
A new word defined each day and usually selected around a weekly theme.
- American Crossword Puzzle Tournament
Information about the nation's oldest and largest crossword competition. The American Crossword Puzzle Tournament is an annual event directed by New York Times Crossword Puzzle Editor Will Shortz.