Welcome to my online dictionary! This lexicon has been a pet project of mine since the year 2000. As of April 20, 2011, using two columns of size 10 Arial font with the margins pushed as thin as possible, this collection fills 81 pages. For information about my word choice, definition standards, and other (hopefully) interesting bits of information, please consult the NAQs ("Never Asked Questions") link to the right. :'D

Also to the right is my master's thesis, which was written to investigate the history of dictionary-making and to explore my own efforts in that context. The PDF linked to the right has not been written to accessibility standards, as I wrote this primarily to have a print edition at Belmont University's library. When I have time, I plan to update this to meet current accessibility standards.

I do want to mention on my front page my primary resources. The single best dictionary resource on the Internet, in my opinion, is OneLook.com. It is word nerd heaven. I visit it daily, and so should you. Also consulted were WordSpy, The Phobia List, and various specialized printed sources. For etymology, I highly recommend WordOrigins, Etymonline, and the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). The OED is the most thorough and authoriative, but it is behind a big paywall unless you have access through a library. Etymonline is the most scholarly source I know that is freely available, and WordSpy is more conversational in tone. They're all great sources to consult.

This was all for my personal benefit as an English major interested in clear, specific, carefully and creatively-worded writing. I am not accredited in any way, so you have no reason to trust my definition accuracy. In fact, if you spot any typos or incorrect entries, feel free to contact me. If you know of a great word I've left out, let me know. I'll add it. (Provided, of course, that it is a real word. I don't want to include personal slang that is only used among a small group of friends. Sorry.) I love suggestions. The subject matter, matters not. I can be contacted at [email protected].

I would also be very interested in knowing who is using my website, how they're using it, and what they think its strengths and weaknesses are. If you have any feedback for my site at all, or simply wouldn't mind telling me how you found my site and if you found anything helpful to you on it, I'd be very appreciative of a message. Please, if you have even the slightest inclination, do not be shy about sharing your thoughts with me. I want to know how people interact with my site, so feel free to use the above e-mail address for that kind of message as well.

Thanks, and I hope you find these both helpful and interesting.

Ś Prof. Anna Matsen Cantrell (occasional pseudonym, Brytta Sˇ■word)


NAQs (WIANA) (link)

Presenting, my thesis!

Dashing the Anemoi: A Creative and Critical Undertaking by a Lexicographical Hobbyist (PDF) (link)

The first part (56 pages) focuses on analysis. I researched early dictionary makers, particularly Samuel Johnson and Noah Webster, and I conducted e-mail interviews with the creators of other word resources: Douglas Harper of the Online Etymology Dictionary, Mike Fischer of Worthless Word for the Day, Chris Bird of the Grandiloquent Dictionary, and Stephen Chrisomalis of the Phrontistery. To each of these fine gentlemen I owe my thanks and I would encourage anyone to visit their sites. Finally, I compared and contrasted my goals and methods with everyone previously mentioned.

Coming in at 115 out of 171 pages, the bulk of the thesis is my dictionary itself. Please note that I continually update my dictionary by amending definitions and adding new words. This is the state of the dictionary as it was in the spring of 2011. Naturally, there will be differences between what it was then and what it is now, and those differences will only magnify in the future.