English is an amazing language and extremely rich in synonyms. We are fortunate to have at our disposal a vast panoply of different ways of saying the same thing. Check out this post below from the Oxford Dictionary’s OxfordWords blog about a bunch of great words you may not have heard of but could find useful.
This week’s Website of the Week is Songmeanings.com. Ever wondered just what that song you heard was all about? Search songmeanings.com and not only get a complete transcription of the lyrics but sample a broad range of opinions on what the songwriters were really trying to say. a fount of knowledge and speculation of the real meanings behind thousands of songs, new and old.
This week’s Website of the Week is Etymonline.com. This site is a searchable dictionary of where our words have come from.
The Online Etymological Dictionary “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.
The dates beside a word indicate the earliest year for which there is a surviving written record of that word (in English, unless otherwise indicated). This should be taken as approximate, especially before about 1700, since a word may have been used in conversation for hundreds of years before it turns up in a manuscript that has had the good fortune to survive the centuries.”