Welcome to my online dictionary! This lexicon has been a pet project of mine since the year 2000. As of today (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

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 and Etymonline. (Etymonline is more official, more scholarly, and more thorough, but WordOrigins is much more interesting and non-linguist-friendly.)

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].

Recently, I have decided to make this pet project my graduate thesis. Therefore, if you know any really great books on lexicography, the history of various dictionaries, or any other helpful resource, I'd be much obliged. :^) Bits of my thesis shall appear here in the coming months as I write up my research.

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.

-- Brytta Sˇ■word



Presenting, my thesis!: Dashing the Anemoi: A Creative and Critical Undertaking by a Lexicographical Hobbyist. Enjoy it in in all the glory of two different formats. (Snazzy, I know.)

as a Word Document (.doc)
as an Open Document (.odt)

The first part (56 pages) is 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.