"Dinosaurs didn't read. Now they are extinct. Thank goodness the thesaurus survived."
I came across that drollery one day while browsing the web to put off organizing my file drawers. Here are some addresses that you, book lover, might find entertaining.
- grammarphobia.com is where to go to find correct English usage and the origins of words, but it’s also a jumping-off place to interesting blogs and news articles about language. For instance, there’s a link to get advice on what dictionary to buy, and another link to a New York Times Op Ed piece on President Obama’s English.
- the-best-childrens-books.org features school teachers’ recommendations; you can browse by grade level or topic. The site also posts articles about reading, such as “What to Do When Your Child Hates Reading.” If you want a best book for adults, try lithub.com —so much is going on there, I can’t begin to describe it.
- As you might expect, merriam-webster.com provides a dictionary and thesaurus, but it also offers word games and quizzes. You can sign up to receive a word-a-day by email, i.e., “organoleptic”—having to do with using sense organs. Plus there’s a learners’ ESL dictionary and a Scrabble® word finder.
- If you need a laugh, or at least a grin, Google “library humor.” You’ll find plenty to keep you up past your bedtime.
There are also some fun videos involving libraries on YouTube. Google the following:
- Dewey Decimal Rap (You don’t have to like rap to tap your toes to this.)
- Librarian Rhapsody (A bunch of librarians parodying Queen’s super hit.)
- The Joy of Books (Real books, hundreds of them, dancing. You’ll boggle at how the video was made.)
- Cookie Monster in Library (Cookie Monster being Cookie Monster.)
Somewhere in my computer travels, I saw the definition of “library” as “kind of an early version of the world wide web,” and “librarian” as “the original search engine.”
I also came across a Kindle reader’s remark that, “It was a real scroller. I couldn’t put down my screen.”