regular dictionary and thesaurus, Macmillan maintains an Open Dictionary:
The Open Dictionary is Macmillan’s
crowdsourced dictionary, where you can suggest new words and expressions for us to add. The Open Dictionary started in 2009, and since then more than 4000 new words and phrases have been added. About half of these new words have been “promoted” to become full entries in the Macmillan Dictionary.
suggest an addition to the dictionary. The most recent additions include:
Macmillan Thesaurus provides not only synonyms but also related words.
If you look up
, you get words of similar meaning, such as elephantine large, big and enormous. If you look up
, you get lists of other African and Asian mammals: elephant giraffe, chimpanzee, panda, etc.
You can also browse for words under a hierarchy of topics. For example:
Communication and Interaction
Writing Media and Stationery
Glues and tapes for sticking things
a substance used for making things stick together
a substance used when making other substances that helps them stick together
a blue substance like soft rubber that is used for sticking pieces of paper, posters etc to walls and so on.
There are many technical terms used to describe grammar, vocabulary, etc. For example:
determiner, inflection, morphology, subordinate clause, transitive verb.
Some glossaries have been compiled to help English teachers in British schools:
Glossary for the programmes of study for English [PDF]
UK Government: Department for Education
About 80 terms, for use in primary schools.*
Survey of English Usage, University College London
Includes the glossary above, with additional entries and explanations.
Grammatical terminology for schools
Linguistics Association of Great Britain
About 300 terms, for use in secondary schools.
Michael Gove insisted on the inclusion of subjunctive.
Kevin Stroud makes
podcasts about the history of the English language.
So far he has recorded 124 episodes and only reached the 14th century!
All Things Linguistic describes them as “Meticulously researched, professionally produced and engaging”.
They are free to listen to and download.
Students at UEA and INTO UEA have free access to all of
There are 10 museums, three of them in Norwich:
Norwich Castle includes the Art Gallery and (until September) an
exhibition of Viking objects.
To get in free, just show your campus card at the front desk of each museum.
a coin of King Prasutagus.
This year the Green Film Festival @UEA will be held between May 10th and 18th. There are six films, plus some other events.
More information can be found
here and here.
A web developer has attempted to simulate a text as experienced by someone with dyslexia. His
web page includes comments from people with dyslexia on how accurate (or not) it is.
This is an animated GIF version:
Geon via Mic and All Things Linguistic
Renaissance polymath Leonardo da Vinci died 500 years ago today, on May 2nd, 1519. He was a painter, sculptor, draughtsman, architect, designer, engineer, inventor, writer, astronomer, musician, mathematician, cartographer, geologist, anatomist, botanist and scientist.
May Day (also known as Labour Day or International Workers’ Day), so let’s see if you can correctly identify Marx and Engels among other assorted beardies.
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Revising for exams? If you want some tips and resources, these might help:
There are some more links on our web page,
Preparing for exams.