|This is our collection of
websites focusing on the written word. It includes
interesting, amusing and informative sites that we
feel have content
and relevance to the college or university student
studying literature, writing or a related
discipline. These sites are not lists of links.
Instead they contain data, tutorials and
background information that will serve to assist
the understanding of the written word as well as
providing ideas for research projects and papers.
For our collection of general academic resources
which may contain related materials as well as
those from other subjects
provides the users an interface to a large
database of acronyms found on the Internet using
proprietary algorithms. The collection of data
that was created and edited over the course of
many years is copyrighted by Esus, Inc - Belgium.
As a user of Acronyma.com, you may use the
database as a reference.
and Abbreviations Dictionary
This is a free
acronyms and abbreviations
finder, and also a study in language
and communications. This acronyms list contains
acronyms and abbreviations, with origins in the
army, navy, medical, computers, internet, customer
service, business and training fields, including
the best funny slang acronyms and abbreviations,
several 'non pc' (ie 'politically incorrect')
examples, and a few extremely
For someone who could not seem to get optical
illusions, wordplay, and philosophy out of his
mind while studying logo design and working at a
have been an inevitable result.
contains the web's largest and most comprehensive
acronyms and abbreviations searchable database.
The database contains acronyms/abbreviations
about: general topics; Internet; slang, chat, &
popular culture; email; newsgroups; computers &
information technology; science; medicine;
technology; aviation, federal, state and local
telecommunications; airport codes;
organizations/associations; and the military. The
database contains acronyms in many languages
including: French, German, Swedish, Spanish,
Portuguese, and others. It can be
searched for acronyms and within meanings, and
keywords within meanings. The database is growing
very rapidly, with an average of 200 new verified
and edited definitions added to the database each
site contains retellings of
American folktales, Native American myths and
legends, tall tales, weather folklore and ghost
stories from each and every one of the 50 United
States. You can read about all sorts of famous
characters like Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, Daniel
Boone, and many more.
American Writers A companion site for C-SPAN's special
television series for 2002 Created by Cable.
Offered as a Public Service.
The aim of
Ancient Scripts is not to replace texts books or
instructional web sites. Instead, it is designed
to give an introduction to writing systems, which
hopefully will tantalize the reader into searching
for more information on the web or in books and
& Letters Daily
Arts & Letters Daily is a service of The
Chronicle of Higher Education. It provides links
to articles and works on a broad range of subjects
from art to zoology and anything in between.
produces stories behind some of the world's most
interesting people, places and events. By
assembling URLs to some of the most important,
relevant, on-line material in one place, and
organizing those links around an interesting
story, Awesome Stories uncovers for everyone what
was once available only for scholars.
Banished Words List
Banished Words List Hardly looking 'metrosexual,' a
'shocked and awed' Lake Superior State University
Word Banishment selection committee emerged from
its spider hole with its annual List of Words
Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-Use,
Over-Use and General Uselessness. Great fun!
This tenth edition of 1919 contains over 11,000
searchable quotations and was the first new
edition of John Bartlett’s corpus to be published
after his death in 1905—the new editor, however,
choosing more to supplement than revise the work
of the first name in quotations.
indexed and searchable by keywords.
Common Errors in English
Common Errors in English
is concerned with deviations from the standard use
of English as judged by sophisticated users such
as professional writers, editors, teachers, and
literate executives and personnel officers. The
aim of this site is to help you avoid low grades,
lost employment opportunities, lost business, and
titters of amusement at the way you write or
The Complete Review
The Complete Review
is a site designed to
provide you with as much information as possible
about a wide variety of books, taking advantage of
the large amount of information available on the
internet. On this site you will find individual
pages devoted to each book under review. For each
book they try to provide you with the following:
- Basic information about the book
- Our review and recommendation (or warning)
- A summary of reviews from the media
- Links to reviews available on the internet
- Links to other relevant sites
- Suggestions as to similar books which might
be of interest
- Basic information about the author
Glossary of Sexual and
Glossary of Sexual and
Scatological Euphemisms Assembled for
the FAST Area Studies Website Department of
Translation Studies, University of Tampere,
to American Dictionary
English to American
Dictionary Americans don't really
speak English, do they? Or is it the English who
don't speak English?
Forest of Rhetoric
The Forest of Rhetoric
This site is intended to help beginners, as
well as experts, make sense of rhetoric, both on
the small scale (definitions and examples of
specific terms) and on the large scale (the
purposes of rhetoric, the patterns into which it
has fallen historically as it has been taught and
practiced for 2000+ years).
A Story of Over
50,000 Words Without Using the Letter “E”
is the result of an ongoing project to
collect and distribute the most obscure and rare
words in the English language. It also contains a
few words which do not have equivalent words in
English. At present, the dictionary contains
approximately 2300 words, though it is constantly
The Heteronym Page
Heteronym is a
word that has the same spelling as another word
but with a different pronunciation and meaning.
These words are sometimes also called homographs.
How to write in plain
The main advantages of
- it is faster to write;
- it is faster to read; and
- you get your message across more often, more
easily and in a friendlier way.
Learn the true meanings of common
idioms and their
origin and usage.
Linguistic Atlas of the World
Linguistic Atlas of the
These maps show the names of the world's countries
written in the language which they speak. In the
case of multilingual countries, the official
and/or most widely spoken language is used.
The Literature Page
The Literature Page
is your place to read classic books,
plays, stories, poems, essays, and speeches
online, brought to you by the creators of
The Quotations Page.
The collection currently includes 222 works from
Lulu gives you
the power to publish and sell print on demand
books, e-books, music, images, calendars and more.
Memidex is a free online dictionary/thesaurus
with several unique features, including more
extensive cross-referencing, complete inflections,
simple interface, and frequent updates.
The Modern Word
The Modern Word
is a large network of literary sites
dedicated to exploring twentieth century writers
who have pushed the envelope of traditional
narrative and structure. This includes many
writers associated with Modernism, surrealism,
“magical realism,” and postmodernism.
Mother Goose Society
The Mother Goose Society
was founded in 1987 to encourage a love for the
warm tradition of Mother Goose rhymes and Mother
Goose's comforting embrace and to promote the
annual celebration of Mother Goose Day (May 1st).
Net Lingo is an award-winning dictionary of Internet
terms. It contains thousands of words and
definitions that describe the online world of
business, technology, and communication.
Original Hobo Nickel
A Dictionary of
Old Hobo Slang
compiled from many books on hoboes, and also some
original material supplied to the author.
This is a map of the wheel-ruts of modern English.
not definitions; they're explanations of what our
words meant and how they sounded 600 or 2,000
Make a bibliography. It's free, easy and OttoMatic. Enter
the ISBN of each book and the does the rest. In addition to
building a works cited, OttoBib gives you a permanent URL
you can reference.
contradictory words and phrases.
Oxymoron is a combination of contradictory or
incongruous words, such as 'Cruel Kindness' or
'Jumbo Shrimp' (Jumbo means 'large' while Shrimp
means 'small'). It is a literary figure of speech
in which opposite or contradictory words, terms,
phrases or ideas are combined to create a
rhetorical effect by paradoxical means.
Pain in the English
There is certainly no shortage of people who claim
to be experts of English language, but this is
precisely what can be frustrating for the students
of English; because the experts can never agree
with one another. One expert could authoritatively
tell you one thing, and you would follow it
faithfully for years, only to be corrected by
encourages discussions of such gray areas of
The Phrase Finder
includes: Phrases Thesaurus, Meanings and origins
of phrases and sayings, Discussion Forum, A Phrase
A Week, Phrase Quizzes
If you're looking for an online dictionary, a word
list on a given topic, or the definitions to rare
and unusual words, the
for you. Here, you will find a 15,500-word
dictionary of obscure and rare words, the
International House of Logorrhea, as well as many
glossaries, word lists, and other English language
and etymology resources.
The Quotations Page
has over 21,000 quotations online from over
2,500 authors, and more are added daily. Don't
forget to stop by the Forums for answers to your
Quotations on every topic, by every author, and in
every fashion possible. Also user discussion
Real Pulp is an
online collection of pulp fiction.
Sayings and Phrases
Sayings and Phrases details the Meanings and
Origins of Phrases, Sayings and Idioms
Science Fiction and Fantasy
Science Fiction and Fantasy Research Database
is an inclusive tool, designed to cover all
aspects of science fiction, fantasy, horror,
supernatural and weird fiction. History,
criticism, commentary, fan writings and some
reviews are all included
The Skeptic's Dictionary
is a Collection of Strange Beliefs, Amusing
Deceptions, and Dangerous Delusions (and how to
think critically about them)
Starving Writers is a freelance writer's community.
This guide is
based on the style book which is given to all
journalists at The Economist.
Text Analysis Tool
offers detailed statistics of your text,
perfect for translators (quoting), for webmasters
(ranking) or for normal users, to know the subject
of a text. Now with new features as the analysis
of words groups, finding out the keyword density,
analyze the prominence of word or expressions.
Today In Literature,
a calendar of engaging stories about the great
books, writers, and events in literary history.
Turning the Pages
Turning the Pages
is a project of the British Library that puts 14
great books online.
Alliance is a group of lit-zeen writers
and poets who strangely yet strongly believe that
American fiction should be something relevant to
lives, instead of the lame, overly-wrought,
navel-gazing crap that the congloms have displayed
front & center at your local chain bookshop.
Visuwords™ online graphical dictionary — Look
up words to find their meanings and associations
with other words and concepts. Produce diagrams
reminiscent of a neural net. Learn how words
associate.Its a dictionary! Its a thesaurus!
Visuwords™ uses Princeton University’s
WordNet, an opensource database built
by University students and language researchers.
Combined with a visualization tool and user
interface built from a combination of modern web
technologies, Visuwords™ is available as a free
resource to all patrons of the web.
Wikiquote, a free
online compendium of quotations in every language,
including sources (where known), translations of
WordCount™ is an
artistic experiment in the way we use language. It
presents the 86,800 most frequently used English
words, ranked in order of commonness. Each word is
scaled to reflect its frequency relative to the
words that precede and follow it, giving a visual
barometer of relevance. The larger the word, the
more we use it. The smaller the word, the more
uncommon it is.
The Word Detective
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
a worldwide online community of some half-million
people who share a love for words, wordplay,
language, and literature. They hail from Australia
to Zimbabwe and almost all other places in
Words Without Borders
Words Without Borders undertakes to promote international
communication through translation of the world's
best writing--selected and translated by a
distinguished group of writers, translators, and
publishing professionals--and publishing and
promoting these works (or excerpts) on the web.
World's Longest Palindrome,
17,259 words with an explanation of how it was
World Wide Words
The 1500+ pages archived on this site have
been written over the past eight years and several
more are added every week. Most are about English
words and phrases—what they mean, where they came
from, how they have evolved, and the ways in which
people sometimes misuse them. A few others concern
issues of grammar, style and punctuation.