SAFARI FRIDAY searching the web for writers and readers WORLD WIDE WORDS
Safari = Swahili for long journey. I am on the look out for anything accessible from a keyboard that educates, entertains, intrigues, raises a smile. Anything that helps a reader get through the day or a writer the next draft. Let me know if you write a website that you’d like featured or discover something that really should be shared
WORLD WIDE WORDS
Michael Quinion does words.
Weird words you have never come across before and clichés, common phrases and sayings that have been part of the background hum of your life for as long as you can remember; new words that have just been invented and dead words buried under a language that no longer has a use for them. He explores their use and mis-use, recording their history and the part they play in a contemporary context.
In a long and interesting career, Michael has been a BBC radio studio manager, a Cider Museum curator and audio visual expert: he has given up all that (and writing books!) to concentrate on this extraordinary site.
This is where you can discover the differences between US English and UK English and check correct pronunciation.
There is a bulging Q&A archive and his research is detailed, reliable and entertaining. Best of all your can sign up a free weekly newsletter which is full of riches. It is sent to your email box every Saturday morning.
GOOD FOR historical vocabulary
keeping up to date with topical phrases
US English, Australian English and UK English
Anyone who has ever wondered why we use that word instead of another….