The English language is forever changing. New words appear; old ones fall out of use
or change their meanings. World Wide Words tries to record at least some part of this shifting
wordscape by featuring new words, word histories, the background to words in the news,
and the curiosities of native English speech.
This site is the archive of pieces that have appeared in the free e-magazine.
Weekly issues include much more than appears here, including discussion by readers,
serendipitous encounters with unfamiliar language, and tongue-in-cheek
tut-tuttings at errors perpetrated by sloppy writers.