Dictionaries

Dictionaries and other word resources

“[I]f you use a dictionary, use more than one and check editions from the date of enactment as well as current.”
Michael B.W. Sinclair, Guide to Statutory Interpretation (2000)

For a list of historical law dictionaries, read this entry.

Legal Dictionaries

Dictionaries and word reference

Dictionary centres

Australian National Dictionary Centre (Dictionary, Definitions, Words and other Resources). By the Publishers of the Australian National Dictionary.

Scottish National Dictionary Association (Dictionary, Definitions, Words and other Resources). By the Compilers of the standard dictionary of modern Scots.

Dictionary Unit for South African English (Dictionary, Definitions, Words and other Resources). Some articles on South African English.

Language and literature

The American Language (Dictionary, Definitions, Words and other Resources). The H L MenckenÂ’s dictionary (2nd edition), available at Bartleby.com.

British Library Language & Literature centre (Dictionary, Definitions, Words and other Resources). Several resources about language and reference works, including the history of dictionaries.

The Elements of Style (Dictionary, Definitions, Words and other Resources). The first edition of this famous work by William Strunk. Because is from 1918, it has only historical interest.

From Worldwideworld.org:

Linguistics/phonetics

Ask a Linguist (Dictionary, Definitions, Words and other Resources). FAQs relating to linguistics.

The Eggcorn Database (Dictionary, Definitions, Words and other Resources). A collection of “Eggcorns” (unusual spellings caused by writers trying to make sense of unfamiliar words).

Professor John Lawler questions and answers (Dictionary, Definitions, Words and other Resources). About Linguistics.

Linguist List home page (Dictionary, Definitions, Words and other Resources). Mailing lists.

Phonetics and Linguistics (Dictionary, Definitions, Words and other Resources). From England.

 

Regional Issues

American Dialect Society (Dictionary, Definitions, Words and other Resources). A very comprehensive source of information.

Dictionary of American Regional English (Dictionary, Definitions, Words and other Resources). A current project.

Estuary English (Dictionary, Definitions, Words and other Resources). Resources about British language.

Scots Online (Dictionary, Definitions, Words and other Resources). Some information about the spoken and written Scots language.

Regular Web columns and blogs

Arnold ZwickyÂ’s blog (Dictionary, Definitions, Words and other Resources). Arnold Zwicky is Professor of Linguistics in the U.S.

DCBlog (Dictionary, Definitions, Words and other Resources). David CrystalÂ’s blog (not updated)

Language Log (Dictionary, Definitions, Words and other Resources). Professional and current commentaries about language.

Oxford Etymologist (Dictionary, Definitions, Words and other Resources). About the origins of words.

Separated By A Common Language (Dictionary, Definitions, Words and other Resources). About British and American English.

Take Our Word For It (Dictionary, Definitions, Words and other Resources).

Vocabula Review (Dictionary, Definitions, Words and other Resources). A monthly magazine on vocabulary.

Word Detective (Dictionary, Definitions, Words and other Resources).

Slang

Dictionary of Slang (Dictionary, Definitions, Words and other Resources). Slangs from Great Britain.

Double-Tongued Word Wrester (Dictionary, Definitions, Words and other Resources). Slangs from the U.S.

The Jargon File (Dictionary, Definitions, Words and other Resources). A complete compilation of computing words. It is the original source of the New HackerÂ’s Dictionary.

Online Slang Dictionary (Dictionary, Definitions, Words and other Resources). In general user-contributed slang dictionary.

The Septic’s Companion: A British Slang Dictionary (Dictionary, Definitions, Words and other Resources). Formerly it was called “The English-to-American Dictionary.”

Variety Slanguage Dictionary (Dictionary, Definitions, Words and other Resources). Glossary of invented words.

Style guides and language guidance

Common Errors in English (Dictionary, Definitions, Words and other Resources).

The Guardian Style Guide (Dictionary, Definitions, Words and other Resources). The style guide for The Observer and the Guardian.

Guide to Grammar and Style (Dictionary, Definitions, Words and other Resources). For business writers and beyond.

US Government Printing Office Style Manual (Dictionary, Definitions, Words and other Resources).

General interest

alt.usage.english (Dictionary, Definitions, Words and other Resources). From a very active Usenet newsgroup.

Martha BarnetteÂ’s Fun Words (Dictionary, Definitions, Words and other Resources). A compilation of less common words.

BuzzWhack (Dictionary, Definitions, Words and other Resources). Tries to demystifying buzzwords.

e-editor (Dictionary, Definitions, Words and other Resources). For online copyeditors.

Focusing On Words (Dictionary, Definitions, Words and other Resources). Latin and Greek elements used in English. It is a Mailing list.

Fun With Words (Dictionary, Definitions, Words and other Resources). Fun site about words, including puzzles and games.

Luciferous Logolepsy (Dictionary, Definitions, Words and other Resources). Almost 10,000 obscure English words.

Rhetoric (Dictionary, Definitions, Words and other Resources). An A-Z comprehensive site about rhetoric.

Dave WiltonÂ’s Etymology Page (Dictionary, Definitions, Words and other Resources). About the origins of words in English.

Words and Stuff (Dictionary, Definitions, Words and other Resources). About the language world.

Word Wizard (Dictionary, Definitions, Words and other Resources). FAQs about new and old words, and Lexicography.

See Also

Bouvier’s Law Dictionary and Concise Encyclopedia, 1914, Historical Dictionary of International Tribunals, International commercial arbitration, John Bouvier, Law Dictionaries, Law global results of the 200 top searches in Google 2, Law global results of the 200 top searches in Google, List of Australian Reports, List of law keywords by competence in Google adwords, List of top law keywords in Google by global searches, Mozley and Whiteley´s Law Dictionary, Osborn´s Concise Law Dictionary, Parry and Grant Encyclopaedic Dictionary of International Law, Top 250 law keywords in Google by search, Top U.S. google searches for attorneys, legal, lawyer and law, Top global google searches for attorneys, legal, lawyer and law.

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