16 Twitter Accounts for Word Nerds
Even logophiles can improve their vocabularies by following these Twitter accounts.
1. DARE Words
It was hard to pick just one tweet from the Dictionary of American Regional Slang's delightful feed, but here's the one that came out on top:
2. Haggard Hawks Words
This Twitter account is bringing old words back. Use them to spice up your vocabulary!
3. A Word A Day
Unusual words and their origins from the people at Wordsmith.org.
4. Ben Zimmer
You'll learn a lot by following this Wall Street Journal columnist and linguist.
Jason English, MentalFloss.com's fearless leader, is a fan of this Twitter feed.
6. Grammar YUNiversity
We love these emoji-laden tweets (which you might only be able to see while on Twitter):
UPDATE: As a commenter pointed out, these words are randomly generated. But they're still fun and as "fiercely plausible" as the tagline claims.
If you love words, you kind of have to follow the OED.
9. Mitch Fraas
Our staff writer Hannah Keyser recommends following Fraas, curator at Kislak Center for Rare Books, Manuscripts and Special Collections at UPenn, for a healthy helping of rare book knowledge with some word stuff thrown in.
10. American Dialect Society
If you want to know what's going on with the English language in North America, this is the Twitter feed for you.
Our resident linguist Arika Okrent loves this feed.
Not just words, but the right way to use them!
13. Klingon Word of the Day
Just don't ask me how to pronounce any of it.
14. Language Bandit
15. Bryan A. Garner
Our deputy editor Nick Greene recommends following Garner, the editor in chief of Black's Law Dictionary and author of Garner's Modern American Usage.
Want the definition of words like toebestity, attention minute, and hellstew? Look no further than this guide to new words.
What are some of your favorite word-related Twitter accounts? Let us know in the comments!