Off topic: Useful and enjoyable website
Thread poster: Pnina

Local time: 21:42
Italian to Hebrew
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Jan 12, 2004

Dear Translators,

This website can occupy us for the next 10 years at least. It contains 1400 pages (approximately). All of them were written by the same scolar, Michael Quinion, who wrote a third of the entries for the Oxford Dictionary of New Words and provided citation and advice for the Oxford English Dictionary.

The site deals with English words and phrases: what do they mean, their origins, how have they evolved and the ways in which people misuse them sometimes.

A search engine helps finding words and terms in the whole site. There is also a Questions and Answers Section, where words and expressions appear in an alphabetical order. Mr. Quinion answers questions asked by site subscribers and by visitors as well.


Agua  Identity Verified
English to Spanish
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Thank you very much :-) Jan 12, 2004


Just wanted to say thank you for the urlicon_smile.gif.




Olga Demiryurek  Identity Verified
Local time: 21:42
English to Russian
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Many thanks indeed! Jan 12, 2004



Ute Wietfeld  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 19:42
English to German
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Great site... Jan 12, 2004

Many thanks for posting!


Patricia Lutteral  Identity Verified
Local time: 15:42
English to Spanish
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Great! Jan 12, 2004

Thanks for sharing this. I think I've become addicted to it!icon_smile.gif

Best regards,



Local time: 20:42
English to Croatian
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Thanks a lot Jan 12, 2004

I'm very grateful to you for sharing this exceptionally useful information!


Harry Bornemann  Identity Verified
English to German
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Excellent explanations Jan 12, 2004

"..a hobo travelled to find work
while a tramp travelled to avoid it.
(A bum was worse than either.)"


Abdellatif Bouhid  Identity Verified
Local time: 14:42
English to French
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Many Thanks Pnina Jan 12, 2004

A real gem.


Özden Arıkan  Identity Verified
Local time: 20:42
English to Turkish
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Sincere thanks Jan 12, 2004

for sharing this. I suggest you post the link to the Glosspost, if you haven't done so yet.


Ines Garcia Botana  Identity Verified
Local time: 15:42
English to Spanish
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Thank you very much Jan 12, 2004

Great site indeed!



Ildiko Santana  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 11:42
Member (2002)
Hungarian to English
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Thanks so much Jan 13, 2004

I, too, am very grateful for your sharing this gem with us! Though I should probably scold you instead, since you are totally right : this site will keep us occupied for the next several decades, which means we shall all starve to death!icon_wink.gif

If I were a moderator, I would certainly move this thread from this topic. This is absolutely related to languages.

Thanks again,

[Edited at 2004-01-13 04:37]


Elías Sauza  Identity Verified
Local time: 13:42
Member (2002)
English to Spanish
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Great! Jan 13, 2004

No more needed to say.

Thanks a lot; enjoy it!


Beatriz Benítez
Local time: 20:42
English to Spanish
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Excellent ! Jan 13, 2004

Thanks a lot for the web site!


Monique Laville  Identity Verified
Local time: 20:42
Italian to French
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Very interesting Jan 14, 2004

Thanks Pnina.
I think I will pass quite a lot of time travelling in this site.


yam2u  Identity Verified
United States
English to Malay
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Brilliant! Jan 19, 2004

I'm hooked. This is even more delightful than Anu Garg's AWAD (A Word A Day), which I have been following for years. Thanks Pnina!



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