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Link # 4:  VOCABULARY RESOURCES ON-LINE  

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A Word A Day @ http://www.wordsmith.org/words/today.html  
This site mails out a vocabulary word and its definition to subscribers-free every day.  The words are often organized into a theme for the week, and there is usually additional commentary. Online each day, today's and yesterday's word can be checked out by the reader.

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A Word With You @ www.accessone.com/~Iparos/
A daily column on word or phrase origins with a fun, interactive hangman-like game called Dunceinstein.

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Concept/Vocabulary Development @ http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/7420/vocmenu.html.
This site contains a wealth of links to processes that construct the meaning of a word and expand its concept. It includes a dictionary, a visual thesaurus, a prefixes/suffixes/roots resource, an Etymology link, a puns page, an oxymorons link, an excellent "predicting meanings" exercise, categorizing exercises, homonym activities, word games, word puzzles, parts-of speech exercises, and lots more!  

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The Definitions Game @ http://titania.cobuild.collins.co.uk  
The Definitions Game is one of the vocabulary links found at the Collins CoBuild site.  Cobuild is a department of Harper Collins Publishers, specializing in the preparation of reference works for language learners in English.  The site also includes an on-line dictionary, word idioms of the day, and word problems of the day.

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English Club Games Room @ http://www.englishclub.net/leisure/games/index.htm  
The Games Room classifies its vocabulary games into three groups including Hangman, Crosswords, and Miscellaneous Vocabulary Games. Within these three categories, games are further classified by topics such as animals, business, air travel, food, jobs, sports, money, and computer jargon.

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Focusing on Words (Greek & Latin Elements) @ http://www.wordexplorations.com  
The Latin-Greek Cross-Reference Search area at this site is available to paying subscribers ($7 monthly). You can also sign up for a free newsletter here.

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Greek and Latin Roots @ http://www.kent.Wednet.edu/KSD/MA/resources/
greek_and_latin roots/transition.html
 
This site contains extensive lists of Greek & Latin roots, prefixes and suffixes.

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Hoadworks @ http://www.hoadworks.com  
This is another vocabulary site which posts numerous word games, quizzes, and puzzles.  You can sign up for a Wordly-Wise listserv here as well.

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Hot Rod Your Vocabulary @ http://www.botree.com/vocab  
The stated goal of this site is to provide resources to help users reach their full potential. This can accomplished, according to site authors, by using their psychologically/psychically-oriented reading materials, lessons, exercises and games.  Amongst the many "mind-expanding" resources available at this site are a series of vocabulary lessons for every day of every week. Each lesson teaches a word though games, puzzles, and a variety of activities. The site offers various modes of reciprocal communications such as forums, bulletin boards, chat rooms, and newsletters.

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Martha Barnettís Funwords @ http://www.funwords.com/index.htm  
Sign up at this site and you will get a
free daily Fun Word in e-mail. Expand your vocabulary by learning new words and surprising stories behind familiar ones. You can also access a  Fun Words Archive  and a weekly  Wacky Word here.

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Merriam-Websterís Word Games @ http://www.m-w.com/mw/game
At this Merriam-Webster Online site, you can learn a word a day through four different types of word puzzles including:
1.  unscrambling activity
2.  matching synonyms and antonyms
3.  transforming the word letter by letter
4.  matching words with word histories and geographies
(This site has other vocabulary activities including a dictionary and thesaurus.)

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Oxford English Dictionary Word of the Day @ http://www.oed.com/
wordofday.htm
 
The Oxford English Dictionary contains over fifty-nine million words, close to 300,000 entries, and more than two million illustrative quotations. Since publication of the full Dictionary in 1928, the OED has been regarded as one of the most authoritative and comprehensive English language dictionaries in the world. The entries included in the OED provide fascinating information on the English language, its history, and the social, cultural, and political influences that have shaped the language through the centuries.

This "Word of the Day" link from the home site has search capabilities.  Definitions are posted in the Dictionary's unique entry structure and include multiple illustrative quotations.

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Plumb Design Visual Thesaurus @ http://www.plumbdesign.com/thesaurus/main.html
This thesaurus is an exploration of sense relationships within the English language. By clicking on words, you follow a thread of meaning, creating a spatial map of linguistic associations.  The Visual Thesaurus displays near-synonyms in 3D and includes and adjustment for parts-of-speech.

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Prefixes and Roots @ http://members.xoom.com/_XOOM/engroots/prefixes.htm
A comprehensive list of prefixes and roots, many of which are illustrated. Example sentences containing word derivatives of every prefix and root are included.

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Puzzability @ http://www.puzzability.com/puzzles/index.html  
This site publishes numerous vocabulary games and puzzles.  At least one new word game is posted each week.

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Random (Jesseís) Word of the Day @ http://www.randomhouse.com/jesse  
Jesse Sheidlower is an Editor in the Reference division of Random House.  At this site, he specializes in slang and new words.

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Rogetís Thesaurus @ http://www.thesaurus.com  
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is thesaurus can be searched alphabetically or through the six categories into which the author classified the entire vocabulary of the English language: 
   -abstract relations
   -space
   -matter
   -intellect
   -volition
   -affection
The site also includes an on-line dictionary, a "Word of the Day," crossword puzzles and several other word games.

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Syndicate @ http://syndicate.com  
This site contains all kinds of vocabulary and word puzzles and games that can be completed online or printed to work on later.  A grade-level test helps assess whether a reader's vocabulary is appropriate for his or her grade level..  Readers can compete for prizes in monthly word puzzle contests and find grade-specific puzzles, comic strips, word games, and many other activities to sharpen vocabulary skills.

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Vocabulary University @ http://www.vocabulary.com  
This site has numerous vocabulary puzzles and games at three levels:
1.  Level 1:  High Elementary
2.  Level 2: Junior High
3.  Level 3:  High School/College Prep

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Voycabulary  @ http://www.voycabulary.com  
Voycabulary transforms any webpage into links to an on-line dictionary or thesaurus.  You  simply enter the URL of the desired website or type in a sentence. Once you arrive at the page, click on any word to look it up in the dictionary of your choice.

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Wordplay @ http://www.wolinskyweb.net/word.htm
This site offers numerous links to other sites that feature "fun with words."  I won't duplicate Judy Wolinsky's list here.  But this site is a gateway to 150+ (at last count!) vocabulary resources.|

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World Wide Words @ http://quinion.com/words  
World Wide Words takes a sideways glance at the English language, what makes it special and how it has evolved. This site features "Articles on Aspects of English," "Turns of Phrase," "The Word Hoard," and "Usage Notes." Michael Quinion has written a series of short essays here on topics ranging from monodegreens  to Polari, a language spoken only in the British theater.

 

           

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