Friday April 14, 2006

Fun With Words, the Wordplay Web Site

Oooh. I've got to check this out. It's my kind of place! For people who love words as much as I do: is dedicated to amusing quirks, peculiarities, and oddities of the English language: wordplay. Playing with words and language is both entertaining and educational. Here you can have plenty of fun with words with over 500 pages of word puzzles, games, amazing lists, and fun facts.
Not to mention a book store, a gallery of funny signs, a wordplay articles index, puzzles, games, tongue twisters, and So Much More.

For example, how about a page dedicated to the "Nym" words?

Don't know your acronyms from your antonyms or your aptronyms from your autonyms? Confused about what tautonyms and toponyms are? You'll find them all here, from homonyms and hypernyms to eponyms and exonyms. We will guide you through explanations of each term, with helpful examples. Never again will you be perplexed by patronyms, confused by contronyms (contranyms), baffled by bacronyms, or stumped by synonyms. You won't muddle meronyms, metonyms, and metronyms, nor heteronyms, hyperonyms, and hyponyms. This is the ultimate guide to the –nym words. So, if you don't know what autoantonyms, capitonyms, and oronyms are, or you want to find out more about paronyms, pseudonyms, and retronyms, read on...

Words ending in –nym are often used to describe different classes of words, and the relationships between words. The –nym literally means name, from the Greek onoma meaning name or word. The Nym Dictionary below defines all the common –nym words, and many of the more unusual ones too.

You'll also find anagrams, palindromes, Spoonerisms, oxymorons, Malapropisms & Mondegreens, mnemonics, redundancies , ambiguities, etymology, and rhyming slang. Wow. I'm at a loss for words... better go find some new ones!

p.s. Serendipitously, I recently decided to create a new category for this weblog, said category to cover (do you see this coming?) words — quotes, turns of phrase, and vocabulary.

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