Are you a lexiophile? Do you love to learn new words? Are you the kind of person who can go to a dictionary to look something up, stumble across something else, and go off on rabbit trails, hopping from word to word?

If so, The Word Detective is the place for you. It’s one of my favorite sites, one I’ve been reading for the last ten years. Evan Morris, who writes a column about words for newspapers, puts all his lexical investigations online at the Word Detective.  Do you wonder about words like akimbo, flummox, tycoon and persnickety?  Do you want to know where phrases like “Goody Two-Shoes,” “push the envelope.” and “Katie, bar the door!” came from? If so, The Word Detective is the place for you. Evan Morris is fun to read, and once you start you won’t want to stop. He explains everything in the English language, from “soup to nuts.”

So “get off the dime,” because “the handwriting is on the wall.”  You will find that “the proof is in the pudding.” This website will never “jump the shark.”

Posted by Nancy, who is “mad as a hatter” for words and their meanings