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Australiana Slang

An 'insight' into Australian Slang...


Acronym Finder

Look up 124,800 acronyms/abbreviations & their meanings.
A searchable database containing common acronyms and abbreviations about all subjects, with a focus on computers, technology, telecommunications, and the military.


An English Homophone Dictionary

Homophones are words that are pronounced alike even if they differ in spelling, meaning, or origin, such as "pair" and "pear". Homophones may also be spelled alike, as in "bear" (the animal) and "bear" (to carry). But this list consists only of homophones that are not spelled alike.Homonym is a somewhat looser term than homophone, sometimes referring to all homophones and only homophones, and sometimes referring to the subset of homophones that are spelled alike.


The Anagram Dictionary

It's interesting the number of anagrams that are fitting: Eternity and entirety, backward and drawback, discern and rescind, demand and madden, comedian and demoniac, American and cinerama, aspirate and parasite, oldies and soiled, lust and slut, to name a few of many hundreds. Certainly there'd be some impact on the meanings and popularity of words from how they sound and look. To some small degree we've been subconsciously shaping our language to make nice anagrams since it began.


Synonym Dictionary

This is a project at Vancouver Web pages to generate copyright-free lists of English synonyms for a search engine. For a more comprehensive list, go to WordNet (http://vancouver-webpages.com/wordnet/index.html)


Roget's Thesaurus

Alphabetical: Browse the thesaurus through the alphabetical index of headwords
Categorial Outline: Browse the thesaurus through the six broad categories into which Mr. Roget classified the entire vocabulary of the English language


The Dictionary

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Webster's Thesaurus

Type in your word or phrase and press ENTER/RETURN.


Vocabulary of Alliteration

This Vocabulary of Alliteration is a new aid in writing poems and songs (and in the study of phonetic or phonemic syllable divisions in English). Alliteration is one of several aural devices in literature making use of the repetition of single sounds or groups of sounds. It is quite often believed to be nothing else than the repetition of word-initial sounds, especially consonants. For such rough and ready alliteration a special dictionary would hardly be needed. However, if alliteration is, in a more sophisticated and traditional fashion, interpreted as the repetition of speech sounds at the beginning of syllables, and of stressed syllables only, then word-initial consonance or assonance need not be alliteration and vice versa. The first syllables of words often do not receive primary stress in English, not even secondary stress, and therefore specially prepared lists of words of which the stressed syllables start with the same sound or sounds will be of interest to anyone studying or creating aural effects and imagery in verbal communication.


The Semantic Rhyming Dictionary

What can I do with the rhyming dictionary?
You can use it to help write poetry, song lyrics, greeting cards, witticisms, and more. Using the three phonetic query functions described below, you can find words that rhyme with, almost rhyme with, or sound exactly the same as a certain target word. Using the two semantic query functions, synonyms and ``semantic siblings'', you can find words that approximate or have the same meaning as an intended concept. Combining the two features can help you balance sound and meaning in a poetic writing venture.


WriteExpress Online Rhyming Dictionary

Useful for song and poetry writing. Includes the following categories: End rhymes, last syllable, Double Rhymes (e.g. Conviction, Prediction), Beginning rhymes


Brit Speak: A guide to British English for America

It must not be easy being British! Being expected to keep a stiff upper lip all the time! Struggling to get that accent right (how we wish we could speak like that!). Having to learn all those strange British English words!

What words are we speaking about? We're awfully glad you asked!

The folks at the BritSpeak language laboratory invite you to grab your brolly, knock up a friend and join us on a linguistic tour of Britain...


The On-line Slang Dictionary

Though Webster publishes a slang dictionary, it could potentially take years for a new word or phrase to enter its pages. Now, with the power of the Internet, it can be in a dictionary in a matter of hours. This page depends entirely on your contributions. You'll find a form at the end of the page to add new material. Read with caution. This dictionary has been written as tastefully as possible, but some language might be offensive to some readers. Note that dates are in day-month-year format.

The dictionary was getting rather large, so I have split it into four volumes: A through E, F through K, L through R, and S through Z. Hopefully it will help you browse more easily.


Roget's Thesaurus (2)

Another version of the famous Thesaurus.



The Alternative English Dictionary

These pages contain words and expressions you most likely won't find in a normal dictionary. This is an experimental "internet collaborative project", which means that all entries are made by internet users. Dozens of languages, more than 3000 words and expressions in all. Any language can be added if requested!


MedSpeak: Terms used in TV program ER

Alphabetical listing (hyperlinked by letter) of words related to medical terms used in the very popular TV serial ER (Emergency Room) starring George Cluney (a.k.a. Batman)


New Zealand into American English

The following is an incomplete list of expression and words commonly used in New Zealand followed by the U.S. equivalent definition. Many of these words, phrases and expressions are of British or Australian origin. If you know any words or phrases that we missed, please, let us know at akiko@nz.com


Net Lingo

A collection of net acronyms, CHAT phrases, email smileys... All about Internet language.


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