First things first, thanks to Phoenix for giving me an opportunity to post on this tech reviews blog!My first post covers a website called Etymonline.
Etymonline is a website which helps you find the origins of English words of all kinds. There are many of us who are keenly interested in etymology, the origin of words, or perhaps some of us just get curious enough at times to want to find the origin of some word, like “onomatopoeia“, or “braggadocio” or perhaps “distend“. What does one do at these times? When you don’t have a dictionary with you which gives you even the meaning of these words, it is best to resort to etymonline.com.
Etymonline is a simple search site. You just have to key in the word you want to find the origin of, and hit the “search” button. There are several options for searching – Natural language searches, which search within the known set of English words, you can search for single terms, exact phrases or terms with the word in the search field inside them. All this makes it really interesting to do a great deal of jargon busting with. If you, like some of my friends and me, are taken up with how much you don’t know about the internet despite not being computer illiterate, and in fact, despite being pretty internet-efficient, then this site is for you. If you are a linguist who wants a nice reference, this site is for you. If you have a passing curiosity in words, or are preparing for an exam like the GRE or the TOEFL, which require English proficiency, this site offers an easy way to discover the roots of difficult words.
All in all, a superb site!