Posted on Friday, February 27, 2009

Wordorigins.org allows students and speakers of the English language to learn about the origins of hundreds of English words and phrases. Many of the etymologies presented here cannot be found in standard dictionaries and have been selected by the author of the site, David Wilton, based on questions or suggestions from his readers.


  • Origins of approximately 400 words and phrases, which can be conveniently browsed in alphabetical order
  • Forums for discussing questions related to word and phrase origins and the English language in general
  • Comprehensive index of etymological sources and links, categorized by type: general dictionaries, specialty dictionaries, out-of-date sources, general language references, historical linguistic sources, oft-used sources, online databases, grammar & style manuals, popular press language books, language web sites & blogs
Site URL: http://www.wordorigins.org/index.php

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