Xenoglossia, other unusual words, and some websites you can use to find them

Posted By on April 29, 2013

I struggled with my “X” post on the A to Z Blogging Challenge 2013. So I am taking an easy way out today and listing websites of interest to wordsmiths. Happy word hunting!

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Banished Word List Released each New Year’s Eve, the list dates back to December 31, 1975

Cambridge Dictionaries The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

The Eggcorn Database Devoted to collecting the kind of unusual English spellings that have come to be called eggcorns

Focusing On Words Focuses on words and literature

Fun With Words Dedicated to amusing quirks, peculiarities, and oddities of the English language.

Luciferous Logolepsy A collection of more than 9,000 obscure English words

Maledicta Specializes in uncensored language research protected by the First Amendment

Merriam Webster Dictionary The Merriam Webster online dictionary

Onelook Dictionary search

Online Slang Dictionary Real definitions for real slang words

The Phrontistery  Obscure and rare words (and where I found xenoglossia)

Richard Lederer’s Verbivore Page Carnivores eat meat; herbivores eat plants and vegetables; verbivores devour words

The Septic’s Companion: A British Slang Dictionary A-to-Zed dictionary of British Slang words and phrases

The Urban Dictionary Dictionary of slang words and phrases

Visual Thesaurus I­nteractive dictionary and thesaurus which creates word maps that blossom with meanings and branch to related words

Word Wizard Lists origins of English words or phrases, and English usage

Your Dictionary Online dictionary and thesaurus


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