I am a word nerd! With that said, this site is exactly my cup of tea. Wordnik is devoted to not only defining words, but providing you with the pronunciation, related words, an example sentence, images, statistics, and even user commentary!
It may look a little daunting when you load the site up, and all these whacky words greet you beneath a search field – but don’t let them put you off! I was taken aback by them when I visited the first time too!
You can register for an account here. It is really easy, and it allows you to save your favorite words, record pronunciations, add commentary, suggest related words, etc. It is completely free, and you don’t have to sign up to use the site. So you decide if registering is something for you. I signed up because I like the idea of being able to save word lists. Registration is easy; just click the Sign Up link at the top of the page. Then fill out form with a username and password you’ve created, provide a working e-mail address, decide whether you want to opt in to their newsletter and the word of the day e-mails, and then fill out the captcha field with whatever words are displayed, then click the Sign Up button and you’ll be instantly logged in and ready to go!
The easiest way to navigate is to just type in a word you want to look up and click the magnifying glass button. At the bottom of the page, there are other great sections to check out though like:
Random Word – this is exactly what it says it is. If you click this you get taken directly to a random word. This is a fun way to explore words!
Zeitgeist – this is where you can put your finger directly on the pulse of what is going on the site. You can see the most recent user comments, word posts, recent lists, what has been recently viewed – commented on – favorited – pronounced, and even what has been vied the most or commented on the most.
Word of the Day – if you didn’t want to sign up for the word of the day via e-mail, you can always come and check it out here!
Blog – stay in touch with what is happening with Wordnik by checking out their blog. There you’ll learn about coming improvements, check out announcements (like secret word Wednesday) and so much more.
Let the word geekery begin!