The Word Detective

Posted on Wednesday, October 15, 2008

If you have a question about the meaning, usage, or etymology of an obscure English word, it is very likely that you will find the answer at The Word Detective. Written by newspaper columnist Evan Morris, this website answers all questions about English words and is a great place for advanced students of ESL to expand their knowledge of the English language and its vocabulary.


  • Humorous, readable explanations of confusing issues related to English words and phrases (including slang and idioms)
  • Chronological and alphabetical archives of all topics posted from 1995 up to the present
  • Readers can pose their own questions and subscribe, for a small fee, to receive the latest updates by email
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