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Welcome to the website woven for wordaholics, logolepts, and verbivores. Carnivores eat meat; herbivores eat plants and vegetables; verbivores devour words. If you are heels over head (as well as head over heels) in love with words, tarry here a while to graze or, perhaps, feast on the English language. Ours is the only language in which you drive in a parkway and park in a driveway and your nose can run and your feet can smell.

For those of you who, like me, are heels over head in love with the English language, there are many places on the Net your love may be requited. This is not a definitive list, and it will continue to grow as I unearth more sites.

If you’ve found a verbivorous site you would like to share, send me a message under the Ask Richard tab. Your favorite language haven may find its way onto this listing.

Updated Jan 1, 2013

English on YouTube

There are some great — and some terrible — videos on YouTube about the English Language. I’ve added a few of the more interesting ones here.

  • Grammar Police - a very funny advertisement for MyGrammarLab. Normally, I don’t promote businesses on my site, but this was too good to leave off.
  • History of English in 10 Minutes – from Open University, but this deserved a link of its own.
  • Merriam-Webster Online – some terrific short videos on questions dealing from etymology to the difference between “affect” and “effect.”
  • Open University – an England-based organization that makes their resources available for free. There are some very well done videos that deserve exploring.
  • Oxymorons – from The Brothers Winn series What You Ought to Know. There are a few others, including the word “Ironic” and how “Spelling Matters.”
  • Palindromes Are Really, Really Fun  - NEW - a cute video from BuzzFeed.
  • Stephen Fry Kinetic Typography – Language – NEW - The brilliant and articulate Stephen Fry on the joy of the English language above adherence to grammar rules.


Grammar & Usage

Language Blogs/Online Magazines

Linguistic Links



Dictionaries & Thesauri

Slang and Dialects

  • 60s Slang – slang from the flower children era, plus a link to surfer slang.
  • American Slanguages – choose a city and find out how to talk like the locals.
  • Gangster Slang – Cheat sheet to hardboiled gangster slang from the 1940s and 1950s.
  • Internet Slang Translator – Confused by net slang? Can’t read a text message? Translate internet slang and acronyms.
  • Rap Dictionary – Wiki and online dictionary for rap and hip-hop slang. Terms are organized alphabetically and by type.
  • Slang City – American slang.
  • – is a dictionary of slang, webspeak, made up words, and colloquialisms.
  • Urban Dictionary – urban and rap slang.

Other Language Reference Links

Word Games

Word and Letter Play




Other Wordplay

Word Watching & Vocabulary Development

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