Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Not Just Sausage

The questions came via email. "What are your favorite links?" "Where do you spend the most time on the web?"

By links I am assuming the writer is not referring to sausage even though I love sausage and spend some quality time with sausage quite often.

Click on the following and have some fun!

Schott's Vocab. A miscellany of modern words and phrases. This is Ben Schott's daily column on modern words and usage. But it is on the weekends that this site really shines. The Weekend Competitions are great fun and mental exercise. I urge you to partake of one next weekend. I also suggest you take a look at the past competitions just to get a feel for what fun is there to be enjoyed.

SPOGG. The Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar. SPOGG is for people who crave good, clean English — sentences cast well and punctuated correctly. It's about clarity. SPOGG is the proud founder of National Grammar Day, which happens every year on March 4.

A Walk In The WoRds. A linguistic tour for people who love having fun with words and language. A place to share interesting linguistic observations regarding sound, meaning and structure. A place to share linguistic rants and raves. A place to walk in the words.

There are two blogs written by dear friends that I frequent frequently -

In My Shoes


Sassy Lass

Two excellent reference sites, two fun sites and a parting shot of great humor -

Online Etymology Dictionary. This is a map of the wheel-ruts of modern English. Etymologies are not definitions; they're explanations of what our words meant and how they sounded 600 or 2,000 years ago. I love this site when the question pops in my head, "Where the heck did THAT word come from?"

The Ref Desk is a wonderful site to at least begin to look up almost anything. In most cases there will be the one link you need to start your hunt. From dictionaries and news to history and people and everything in between, this is a rich resource.

Listverse is a daily list of a wide variety of subjects such as books, movioes, historical events, famous people and on and on. Wandering through the past lists is a fascinting time.

Mental Floss is, as the website says, "Where Knowledge Junkies Get Their Fix".

Finally, if you love improvisational humor and enjoy watching people laugh you really need to visit Improv Everywhere. Improv Everywhere causes scenes of chaos and joy in public places. Grocery Store Musical is the latest offering. Please click on such scenes as Frozen Grand Central, Suicide Jumper, Circle Line Tours and The Moebius. But if you only check one of their improvs watch Best Game Ever. It is a little league game you will never forget.


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