World Wide Words is an informative website written from a British viewpoint. Possibly one of the most complete language web sites online, World Wide Words has plenty to offer readers of the subject. The author, Michael Quinion has written books, given lectures and has made audiovisual programming relating to the topic. Today he focuses on writing citations and advice for the Oxford English Dictionary when not running his web site. This allows readers to receive intelligent and informative information on the origins of words. However, the best feature of this website is the ability to submit words for Quinion to trace to its origin and define for his readers. The interaction between Quinion and his readers makes this a worthwhile site. Many other features make this site valuable. These include: Articles relating to the development of language or some aspect of English Reviews of books and CD-Rom as well as order information Topical words that are of temporary interest found in newspapers and online Turns of Phrases, which are new words that are yet to reach the dictionaries Weird words give us a look at rare subjects that may be of interest in finding origins Links to other word sites that include: dialect and regional English, slang and dictionaries Subscriptions to newsletters/gift subscriptions Pronunciation guide written from a British perspective Full background on the author, Michael Quinion With these features available, World Wide Words is one of the most complete word sites online. This site will define words that are yet to be added to the dictionaries as well as anything the readers can send in. The ability for interaction with the author makes this site useful for all readers looking to find the history of words. The abundance of content on this site makes this a necessary reference for anyone who may be studying the evolution of language. This site takes a modern approach and even traces news words that are yet to reach the dictionary. Each page loads quickly with easily accessible links. These are arranged in a table on the left side. This table follows readers to each different page, making it very simple to navigate through. This site is best viewed using Georgia font. Anyone with Microsoft or Windows should have this. If not, there are directions to update your web browser.
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