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Saturday, March 22, 2008


No, that's not the science of bugs - you're thinking of entomology.
  • Etymology is the study of the history of words - when they entered a language, from what source, and how their form and meaning have changed over time
Thank you, Miss Wikipedia. So where do you go if you want to know where the word "jabberwocky" comes from, or why striped cats are called "tabbies"?

Well, look no further than here, in the best Online Etymology Dictionary on the Web.

Achtung! If you desperately need to understand why the frick your parents named you Winston-Wilbur, this should be your next stop. Disclaimer: sometimes knowing the origins of your name only makes it worse ...doesn't it, Joystone-Desirefortress?

The Adorkable Spork and the Crapsicle

As a language enthusiast and owner of a wacky personality, I love new linguistic inventions, and here's a whole dictionary of word melanges, aka portmanteaus. If you're anything like me, this page will suck the productivity right out of your workday.