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Lex maniac

Investigating changes in American English vocabulary over the last 50 years

An embryonic list of solid, quirky, or interesting language-related sites. I’m always eager to add more, so please send recommendations to


The Phrase Finder (reliable source for definitions and origins)
Urban Dictionary (Contemporary slang, definitions contributed by users) (Computer terms) legal dictionary legal dictionary
Modern Medical Dictionaries (new medical terms)

Language Log

Home page
Mark Liberman
Geoff Nunberg
Geoff Pullum

Other Commentary

Macmillan Dictionary language blog
The Word Guy
Evolving English
English Language and Usage – Stack Exchange

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