Friday, September 30, 2005


Why do we capitalize the word “I”?

11 Resources for Word Lovers

8 Everyday Words With X-Rated Origins

10 mispronunciations that make you sound stupid

List of collective nouns

10 Words That Will Help You Win at Scrabble

1736 thieves' cant dictionary

The £3,000 'txt-spk' poster that 'undermines English teaching'

Norfolk village tells drivers 'Slow You Down'

Tesco checks out wording change

101 of the World's Funniest One Liners

The secret code of diaries

The 10 Best Linus Torvalds Quotes

Revealing Quotes from the Powerful

Markers award students for writing obscenities on GCSE papers

Team finds language without numbers

College Football Quote of the Week

Merriam-Webster unveils new dictionary words

18 Common Phrases to Avoid in Conversation

Signs in China: A Guide to Understanding Common “Engrish” Expressions. Thanks salamndstron.

Don't Sound Stupid

Twelve Interesting Words

Victorian Back Slang

words and phrases that Shakespeare invented.

30 Psychobabble Phrases - Which Do You Hate Most?

8 words with two meanings…

Dictionary of everyday words defines 'doobly' and 'embuggerance'

Tongue Twisters

50 office-speak phrases you love to hate

One Sentence - True stories, told in one sentence

How we read online - Slate Magazine

Has modern life killed the semicolon?

Scottish Pronunciation

How English Is Evolving Into a Language We May Not Even Understand

10 Words to Avoid When Writing

Top 10 Most Spoken Languages In The World

Amusing Stories Behind the 12 Words of Indian Origin That Made It to the Oxford Dictionary

SOS: the signal that has saved thousands turns 100

Worst analogies ever written in a high school essay

Five Lessons in Punctuation

Don't say this -- and why

Top 10 Famous Historic Misquotes

Acronym Dictionary

Boris's quote voted funniest

The Origin of Words You Hear A Lot in the Office

The 9 Most Devastating Insults From Around the World

Top 10 Most Depressing Quotes from Orwell's 1984

Handling Insults: With some of your own

Bottled pet sweat

Nobody cares if your puns were intended. New one from Maddox so it's NSFW.

Elizabethan Expletives

Doctors' Slang, Medical Slang and Medical Acronyms, Veterinary Slang, Veterinary Acronyms

70 Famous Dyslexics

Latin You Should Know

Free Online Language Courses

Give half a proverb to a child, watch the result ...

The greatest letters ever written

The Gallery Of "Misused" Quotation Marks

The Best Geek Quotes

The Latin Library

The Origin of Everyday Punctuation Marks

Should we simplify spelling?

New dictionary includes 'ginormous' - Learning English (ESL) Online

Dr. Goodword’s Language Blog

American Underworld Dictionary

Mindy McAdams’s Spelling Test

The ten most hated words on the Internet

At the end of the day, you've given 110 per cent

6 Foreign Expressions You Should Know

Words Invented by Shakespeare


The Con's English - How to write a dictionary in prison

13 words that are better than "random"

The Top 15 Han Solo Quotes You Need to Use in Regular Conversation

25 Most Memorable Quotes

Luciferous Logolepsy - Dragging obscure words into the light of day

A Minor History of Miniature Writing

Helvetica at 50

The Texas German: a unique dialect that developed as German settlers came to central Texas in the 1840s, now dying

Emoticons carry cultural baggage

101 Greatest George Carlin Quotes NSFW

Language recognition chart - Wikipedia

What does "OK" stand for?

A Collection of Word Oddities and Trivia

Jim Kalb's Palindrome Connection

Quotefolio: Quotes, sayings, proverbs, and adages

Latin phrases used in English

Online Dating Profile Dictionary

U.S. Army acronyms and expressions

LOL-Kitteh as a Second Language (LKSL-101) in Five Easy Steps

Morse Code Translator

37 Famously Stupid Celebrity Quotes

Take Our Word For It, the weekly word-origin webzine

Egyptian Hieroglyphs

Medical Slang

pseudodictionary - the dictionary for words that wouldn't make it into dictionaries :: v2.0

Ancient Scripts. Take a look at some beautiful ancient scripts, and explore the phenomenon of human language.

The Evolution of Alphabets

The 10 Dumbest George W. Bush Quotes

VideoJug - How To Insult Someone Using British Sign Language

BBC - Languages. Free language lessons.

McDonald's seeks 'McJob' rewrite

Meh - the word that's sweeping the internet

The Infinite Teen Slang Dictionary

How to avoid "cop talk" when reading the news

BBC NEWS | Magazine | Know your Fids from your Fuds?

'Wiki' wins spot in Oxford English Dictionary

Rediculous NSFW

Imponderable Questions. Some more.

Top 13 Worst Slogan Translations Ever

Nominative determinism(Wikipedia) is a term popularised by the magazine New Scientist. It refers to amusing instances where people's names coincidentally reflect some aspect of their jobs, professions or lives. See also Funny Doctor Names and The Doctor's Names List. Example Dr. Richard Chopp - Urologist.

The Devil’s Dictionary (2.0)

From the hard 'c' to the sharp 't', it's a sensational word - Times Online

Will Saudis Ban the Letter ‘X'?

The Dialectizer. Convert English text to any of several comic dialects.

The largest collection of cliches, phrases and sayings with definitions and explanations

A Aptronym is a word that is aptly suited to its owner. More here Aptonyms.

Ethnologue. An encyclopedic reference work cataloguing all of the world’s 6,912 known living languages.

Apostrophe Abuse, Apostrophe Mugshot Gallery and Examples of abuse of the Apostrophe

the "blog" of "unnecessary" quotation marks

Japanese - English Dictionary Server

Parrot with 950 words vocabulary

OEDILF - The Omnificent English Dictionary In Limerick Form

Urban Dictionary: Define Your World

What is the absolute last word in any dictionary?

Cockney and austrlian rhyming slang terms, translations and definitions

How to Write Good

40 Tips to Improve your Grammar and Punctuation

Sentences that contain all letters commonly used in a language

The Best Geek Quotes, Sayings, and Phrases. 1f u c4n r34d th1s u r34lly n33d t0 g37 l41d.

The Board of Wisdom

The Official Scientology and Dianetics Glossary

19th Century British Slang - Lower Class and Underworld

Actual English subtitles used in films made in Hong Kong

Bad Lingo: Blog-Media Cliches

`Truthiness' Is Named Word of the Year

Funny translated Japan-English signs

European English

 Teen slang
Midweek quiz: Teen slang

Two Phrases That Destroyed American Culture NSFW TEXT

List of paradoxes - Wikipedia

20 Words That Should Exist

Top 13 Worst Slogan Translations Ever

The AOLer Translator

A Keyboard With Horribly Translated Instructions

Accents speak louder than words

Ay, Bee, Ee Tee Cee...


Morse Code Translator

In French-Speaking Canada, the Sacred Is Also Profane

Dog Barks Reveal Universal Language

The World’s Longest Diary

Handwriting is irrelevant

Doctors' Medical Slang and Veterinary Slang

Vote for the 2006 Word of the Year

Half of teacher's can't see this mistake

Top Television Buzzwords of 2006

The 25 Funniest Analogies Collected by High School English Teachers

Flickr: Grocer's Apostrophe
and Flickr: "Quotation Mark" Abuse

ProfaniWiki - Explore a World of Symbols

Fun With Words - A Celebration of the English Language

Subtly Simpsons

Yep. People Actually Said These...

How Alphabets Evolved

Geek Office Slang

Famous Quotations/Stories of Winston Churchill

Jim Kalb's Palindrome Connection

The Vulgar Tongue. A dictionary of the slang of the British underworld produced in 1811.

"Hello" in many languages

More classic insults - Artists and writers being bitchy to each other

Transient Languages & Cultures

Mike Tyson Quotes

Information Nations Slang Linkdump

List of ethnic slurs by ethnicity - Wikipedia

Energy Slang

Names of large numbers - Wikipedia. Do you know what a Septingentillion is?

1st International Collection of Tongue Twisters

Phonetic Alphabets

Insults - they just don't make them as they used to

Malaysia to levy fines for poor speech

List of British words not widely used in the United States

Dialects of English

OKCupid! The Commonly Confused Words Test

Global Language Monitor

New insults for English language

Could You Learn 40 Languages?

All your base are belong to us - Wikipedia

Me fail English? That's unpossible!

The Alternative Dictionaries

List of 19 New Words for 2007 :: Sarcastic Cultural Parody

Chiglish - Take Care, Fall Into Water Carefully

How to swear like an old prospector

Kryptonese Alphabet

Numbers in Over 5000 Languages

The Collective Noun Page

Spanish Slang, Expressions, and Idioms: Vulgar NSFW

Word Count By Jesse Sheidlower. Are there really 988,968 words in the English language?

Urban Dictionary: Define Your World

Swear words ranked by rudeness NSFW

Online Language Keeps Parents Guessing. leet = evil according to CBS.

Googles Most Popular Words 2006

Why A? Why do the letters of the alphabet occur in the particular order that they do?

Collected Quotes from Albert Einstein

How fast can you type your ABCs?

The politically incorrect alphabet

Cruise babyname means "go away pointynosed pickpocket". True or not it's still funny.

Miss Pronouncer: The Wisconsin pronunciation guide

The Official Scientology and Dianetics Glossary

Rasta/Patois Dictionary

Comparative table of languages and language profiles for the prospective learner

Confucius say, top 100 NSFW TEXT

The Secret World of Anagrams

Language Is A Virus

BBC - Languages - Homepage

Wordcount - Tracking the Way We Use Language

Language Tools

History of the English Language

Ethnologue: Languages of the World

Quotes about Computer Languages

Language Guesser

The worst word in the language

Confucius say, top 100

The Secret World of Anagrams (via)

Language Is A Virus

BBC - Languages - Homepage

Wordcount - Tracking the Way We Use Language

Language Tools

History of the English Language

Ethnologue: Languages of the World

Quotes about Computer Languages

Language Guesser

The worst word in the language

Australian and New Zealand Esperanto Dictionary

1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

The 30 Most Spoken Languages in the World

Cuss Control

List of American English words not used in British English


COW - Programming for Bovines

Famous and here is this weeks not-so-famous plagiariser.

Wiktionary. A collaborative project to produce a free multilingual dictionary in every language, with definitions, etymologies, pronunciations, quotations, synonyms, antonyms and translations.

Cockney English

Learn Chinese Characters

BBC America - Dictionary

Write Your Name in Elvish in Ten Minutes

Languages and Linguistics. A collection of essays, tables, scripts and facts about the study of language.

LanguageGuide: Foreign Language Vocabulary, Grammar, and Readings

Geordie Phrases. Some more


Kenny Translator

The Alternative Dictionaries

Carny Lingo from Welcome to The Fair

Slang City NSFW

Innocent English: Funny English Mistakes from around the world

The English-to-12-Year-Old-AOLer Translator

Writerisms and other Sins: A Writer's Shortcut to Stronger Writing

Dictionary of Americanisms

World's Longest Palindrome? 15,139 (no, 17,259) words

The Steely Dan Dictionary

Some (not-so) usefulFrench phrases

Andy's anagram solver

Evolution of the English Alphabet in a GIF stylee. Really cool.

Plain English Campaign awards

Some paradoxes

Pirate Slanguage or Put wood in t'oil. A complete guide to slang.

Ancient Scripts

Irish Dictionary Online. Translate English to Irish/Gaelic and vice-versa.

OEDILF - The Omnificent English Dictionary In Limerick Form

How Swearing Works

Have no the adult the child that look after with the old man prohibition against the next sea swimming on Flickr

Behind the Name - the Etymology and History of First Names

A Collection of Word Oddities and Trivia

Apostrophe Protection Society

Worst quiz answers ever

Bizarre, Obsolete, Odd, Outdated & Weird Words

Scottish Vernacular Dictionary

List of strange units of measurement

IDEA - The International Dialects Of English Archive

History of the English Language

I wonder if I will ever get the hang of it
Ambigues English. Reasons why the English language is so hard to learn.

What Does That Mean. This site is a free lexicon of English idioms, words, and catch phrases from around the world.

Learn Japanese Podcasts

Victorian Slang Glossary

Magic Words: A Dictionary

Self-Annihilating Sentences

Encyclopedia of Mime

Numbers from 1 to 10 in Over 5000 Languages

Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations

Reading Test. Clever.

Finger Frenzy. How fast can you type the alphabet?

Jewish languages

Vocabulary from around the world

Dictionary of English slang and colloquialisms of the UK

99 Luftballons, Side by Side Comparison

Mandarin 123

Translations that are Marketing Mistakes

Deep Thoughts. Quotable sayings from great minds such as Isaac Newton and Homer Simpson.

The English-to-American Dictionary

The Aussie Slang Dictionary of Australian slang words and Australian phrases

Confusing Words is a collection of 3210 words that are troublesome to readers and writers. Words are grouped according to the way they are most often confused or misused.

Going by letters of the law. A Turkish court has fined 20 people for using the letters Q and W on placards at a Kurdish new year celebration, under a law that bans use of characters not in the Turkish alphabet, rights campaigners said.

American Sign Language in Animated GIF. Neat.

How to speak Texas English

Things People Said: Courtroom Quotations

English Tongue Twisters

O?blgshezi: Calculator Words

Turn a website you know into 1337. Neat.

Biblical Curse Generator

ProfaniWiki. A very comprehensive list of swear words presented in Wikipedia style. NSFW

20 of your unusual words

Funny words

The Chinglish Files. The humorous version of English that appears (often in instructions for assembling or using products) after a translation from the original Chinese (or any other language) fails to come across in "normal" English.

How to Speak 19th Century

Victorian Slang Glossary

Script / Leet Translator. Impress your kids by pretending you can speak £337.

Self-Annihilating Sentences. Saul Gorn's Compendium Of Rarely Used Cliches. - The Slang Dictionary

Drunk Talk. The new crop of beer slang.

English Accents and Dialects

A Dictionary of Old Hobo Slang

Made-up words in The Simpsons

The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation. Take the test.

Slang of the 1920's

clwb malu cachu. Swearing in Welsh.

Phrase and word origins

The Drunktionary

Commonalties between German and English

Wikipedia's list of fictional curse words

A parent's primer to computer slang from Microsoft.

Teen Lingo

The history of swearing in the UK - Funny Office Slang

Japanese English textbook from 1980 NSFW

Offensive terms per nationality

Swearsaurus. How to insult, swear, cuss, and curse in 165 languages!

Learn Chinese in 5 minutes

How to Talk More Awesome

100 Moast Misspeld Wirds

Rasta Dictionary

Words with no English equivalent

Shakespearean Insulter

A humorous conversion of English to Geordie

Massive list of Oxymorons

Language guesser

How to insult, swear, cuss, and curse in 165 languages

Gadsby. A Story of Over 50,000 Words Without Using the Letter “E”

Interesting English Language Trivia

Specialty Dictionaries including beer, slang and internet dictionaries.