World Wide Words

World Wide Words.

The English language is forever changing. New words appear; old ones fall out of use or change their meanings. World Wide Words tries to record at least some part of this shifting wordscape by featuring new words, word histories, the background to words in the news, and the curiosities of native English speech.

This site is the archive of pieces that have appeared in the free newsletter. Weekly issues include much more than appears here, including discussion by readers, serendipitous encounters with unfamiliar language, and tongue-in-cheek tut-tuttings at errors perpetrated by sloppy writers.

Some statistics: the newsletter currently goes out to 36,000 subscribers by email, plus more through RSS, Twitter and Facebook. The site contains more than 2,700 pages, accumulated over 17 years, and on average reaches 77,000 unique visitors a week, who between them make 550,000 page views.”

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