Links - English Language: General
The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language
A searchable dictionary of American English, including introductory essays on the natural history of English, the Indo-European origin of English, and the mathematics of language. An accompanying guide discusses syllabication and pronunciation and explains the schwa, stress, and equal and unequal va
Business English
Free business English exercises arranged by topics such as marketing, accounting, information technology, medical, banking, job hunting. Includes a listening comprehension section.
Collection of Word Oddities and Trivia
Reference source providing examples of long words, plurals, palindromes, vowel-rich words, those starting with Z, and miscellaneous facts.
The Elements of Style
Full text of William Strunk's 1918 reference work. Sets out the elementary rules of English usage and principles of composition. Also looks at words and expressions which are commonly misused.
English Subject Centre Archive
Part of the Higher Education Academy and supports the teaching of English literature, language and creative writing in UK Higher Education. This website offers a range of activities, information and ideas to help lecturers enhance the student experience. Includes latest news, useful links and inform
A guide to words which have the same spelling but different meanings and pronunciations. An example of a heteronym is 'close' which can mean to be near to something or someone, or to shut a door.
History of the English Language
Includes a BBC documentary video on the subject.
History of the English Language: Influences & Development
Ever wonder how English came to be the language it is today? This video lesson gives a brief account of how English has transformed during the last few thousand years of history.
Word Detective
Online version of the US newspaper column which answers readers' questions about words and language. Features an archive of back columns arranged either by the word or phrase they cover, or by the date of publication.
Devoted to lexpionage, the sleuthing of new words and phrases. These aren't "stunt words" or "sniglets," but new terms that have appeared multiple times in newspapers, magazines, books, Web sites, and other recorded sources. New words are presented, along with a definition, and a citation illustrati
Phrase Finder
1,900 English idioms, phrases and expressions, with their meanings and origins