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Baby Name Wizard The Baby Name Wizard is "a magical method for finding the perfect name for your baby".  Check out the NameVoyager, a really slick Java application that tracks the popularity of names over the past hundred years or so.

the bi-Weekly Word-origin Webzine

My nameís Michael Quinion. Virtually all of the 1400 pages that make up this site have been written by me over the past seven years.   Writing World Wide Words is part hobby, part obsessionófor more about where Iím coming from, see my personal page.

A page of links to abbreviations, acronym finders, and that's just the first two entries.  It ends with Yiddishkeit, A gallery of Yiddish expressions transliterated and Your, on-line dictionaries for over 280 languages

the web site woven for wordaholics, logolepts, and verbivores. Carnivores eat meat; herbivores eat plants and vegetables; verbivores devour words

Looking for the meaning or origin of a phrase or saying? Here's free access to
bulletA list of the meanings and origins of over 2,000 English phrases and sayings. You can either browse via our A-Z Index or scan with our search engine. Whether you want to resolve a friendly argument over how a phrase originated or whether you just enjoy words, you'll probably find something here to interest you.
bulletA Discussion Forum where you can discuss the meanings and origins of phrases or sayings with the people who know. Use the current forum to ask a question or post a reply. There's also an archive of more than 30,000 postings that you can browse or search.

Welcome to Word Spy! This Web site is devoted to lexpionage, the sleuthing of new words and phrases. These aren't "stunt words" or "sniglets," but new terms that have appeared multiple times in newspapers, magazines, books, Web sites, and other recorded sources. is dedicated to amusing quirks, peculiarities, and oddities of the English language: wordplay. Playing with words and language is both entertaining and educational. Here you can have plenty of fun with words with over 500 pages of word puzzles, games, amazing lists, and fun facts.

This annotated directory features Web sites focusing on English grammar, concise writing, style and usage, the writing process, words, plain language, creativity, word play, action writing, reference sources, online writing experts, books on writing, and favorite fiction writers. You'll also find lists of Web sites on punctuation, avoiding bias, overcoming writer's block, spelling, vocabulary, and writing for the Web.

Over 600 pages of articles on all aspects of writing are waiting for you.  Study at Home; Find a Job; And don't forget to sign up for your weekly writing tips newsletter: The Write Way

What is an error in English?
The concept of language errors is a fuzzy one. Iíll leave to linguists the technical definitions. Here weíre concerned only 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 speak.

But isnít one personís mistake anotherís standard usage?

Why donít you cover all important points of grammar?

Iím learning English as a second language. Will this site help me improve my English?

Arenít some of these points awfully picky?

is mapping Australian regionalisms - words, phrases or expressions used by particular language groups. Add your regionalism or search to see what others have contributed.

Mirriam Webster"Meta-Dictionary" -- One Look searches dozens of dictionaries.  It's also a thesaurus, or actually better than a thesaurus because it lets you provide a short phrase, for which it finds a dictionary definition.  The New York Times says it's a great way to cheat on crossword puzzles.

Urban Dictionary"Urban Dictionary" -- The only place to find all the urban slang words, like pootietang, that you ever wanted to know.  Also: dozens of synonyms of "coochie".

Macquarie Dictionary -- an Australian dictionary

The Jargon File 

Contains a glossary of computer jargon as well as an explanation of the history and culture of computer jargon.

Mirriam WebsterDictionary and Thesaurus

Prince George Public Library (Canada) has a nice set of links to encyclopedias and other online resources