I'm in Maine and have just had a visit from good friends from Nicaragua. Aldo, a Blackberry/Facebook addict, starts each day by reading his English Word-of-the Day. Predial
? Look it up. There are many links that will send you English words. Here are a few: Merriam Webster
, and my absolute favorite, AWAD
. Anu Garg, the creator, has a large and fascinating audience. He publishes comments from his readers weekly and they are often brilliant. There are many well-read people out there in cyberspace! Here's what one website
recommending word-a-day emails says about AWAD.
Now in its 16th year, A.Word.A.Day at Wordsmith.org is the creation of Anu Garg, an India-born computer engineer who clearly enjoys sharing his pleasure in words. Simply designed, this popular site (over half-a-million subscribers) offers concise definitions and examples of words that relate to a different theme every week. The New York Times has called this "the most welcomed, most enduring piece of daily mass e-mail in cyberspace." Recommended for all word lovers.
One of the odder emails I receive (often) is called Language Log. Go to their website and read a few and see if you want to subscribe. Some are very long, very odd, and there are many that focus on Mandarin. Some have a political bent (in my direction). But when I take the time to read them, I'm completely awed. The entries are by many different authors, but the emails you receive unfortunately don't name the author.
I'm currently getting two Spanish emails a day, one with a word and one with a saying. There are, of course, many more but my internet connection is too slow for my patience level to search for more. So, if you receive language emails that should be shared, please let me know.