How to Learn Swedish in 1000 Difficult Lessons, a blog written by Francis Strand, an American magazine editor living in Stockholm. Each new Swedish word is introduced with an amusing story, such as the one about the woman who kept eleven swans in her 30-square-meter apartment. Writes Mr. Strand: "The Swedish word for the day is svanfångster. This word doesn't translate very well, I would use the phrase bagged swans, although apparently it refers more literally to a catch, in the fishing sense of the word. And no doubt someone will comment giving me a precise and obscure Swedish word that means 'bagged swans,' but hey, I'm doing the best I can."
The Ridiculous Business Jargon Dictionary, a handy reference for anyone learning corporate buzzwords as a second language. Squint past all the unfortunate spelling and usage errors (such as "who's" for "whose") to find two comma (a price tag exceeding $1 million; "we signed a two-comma contract this morning"); meanderthal (a person who can't express himself succinctly); mucus trooper (the colleague who catches all the worst colds yet never misses a day of work); homing from work (the converse of working from home: using technology to keep in touch with personal matters while in the office); and LOMBARD ("Lots Of Money But A Real Dumbass"). (Via Writing, Clear and Simple.)
Literally, A Web Log. "Misuse of the word 'literally' gets my blood boiling (no, not literally). It started as a nit-picking distraction, grew to a frustrating obsession, and finally resulted in the creation of this blog." Examples are posted at least once a month. Here's a good one: "It’s literally raining cats in the Puget Sound area, as local shelters are overrun with felines, and they’re asking for the public’s help to save them." (Via Word Wise, a blog about writing for PR professionals "and people everywhere.")
A Collection of Word Oddities and Trivia, a wondrous and mysteriously organized trove. Four pages are titled simply "Miscellany"; open them and learn about words pronounced with vowels not represented in their spelling, seven-letter words that can be played on a musical instrument, words consisting entirely of alternating vowels and consonants, and oh so much more. On the non-Miscellany pages: beautiful words, Scrabble words, typewriter words, palindromes, and "some unusual Italian words." (Also via Word Wise.)
Addictionary, "an online open dictionary for words that don’t exist in the English language, but perhaps should – a democracy for definitions." Anyone can contribute; categories include addjectives, addverbs, and addnouns (e.g., prostitot, A teen or tween who follows in the footsteps of celebrity bad girls such as Britney Spears, Paris Hilton etc.). Sign up to receive an emailed "non-word of the day."
Allwords, a dreadfully designed but eminently useful compendium of links to, among other things, crossword-puzzle resources, translators, thesauri, word games, writing tools, and specialized glossaries (including four "body art" glossaries).
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