Three Sites About Words

I think all three of these came, at various times, from the good people at Boing Boing.

First we have the most excellent Devil’s Dictionary, which offers some true definitions of common technology terms. Favourites include the Semantic Web, WiFi and XML:

A magic elixir of legend, claiming to solve all problems while inevitably exacting an ironic cost.

They also link to another, broader Devil’s Dictionary.

Next up we Word Pirates(yarrr):

Marketers, politicians and other short-sighted, self-interested, sticky-fingered people have been stealing our words. Not only do they take them for commercial purposes, but they misuse them entirely. They’re Word Pirates and we’re going to take back what’s rightfully ours.

Lastly, for you retro nuts, TextFiles. This site features text files left over from the golden age of bulletin board systems (the proto-Internet). Ah, those halcyon, monochrome days of my youth.

1 comment

  1. It’s been several years since I used a BBS, but I remember logging onto them regularly with my 8088 XT clone — accessorized with a 2400 baud modem. Zoom zoom!

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