If you’ve looked at englishrules.com lately, you may have noticed a few changes. First, I tried to freshen up the look a little bit, with a color palette pulled from the new image across the top of the pages. I also made the photography section match the rest of the site.
There’s a new search field at the top right of (almost) all of the pages now, the utility of which is a bit suspect as I have no idea what anyone could possibly hope to find on this site.
The homepage sports a new Word of the Day feature, which I’ll try my best to update daily, although it might turn into a word of the week. I actually started posting words about a week or so ago so people who were geeky enough to look at the word-of-the-day archive would not be disappointed.
For the past month I’ve been receiving the word of the day from the Oxford English Dictionary, and to be quite frank, it stinks. The words must be chosen by some random generator, because most of them are perfectly useless. The words on englishrules.com, while also perfectly useless, are at least chosen by a human being (I am not a monster!). And how will this human being choose these words? Pure whim. If I come across a nice word in a book that I’m reading, I might make it a word of the day. If a funny word strikes my fancy during a walk outside on a crisp fall day, I might make it a word of the day. If I trip over a word on the sidewalk, pick it up, dust it off, and slip it into my back pocket, I might just pull it out again in the evening as the sun scurries down the tree branches, and make it a word of the day. Sometimes the word and definition will be accompanied by a little note explaining what inspired me to share it. Sometimes they won’t.
I hope you all enjoy the changes. If you have any other suggestions for change, let me know by posting a comment.
Thanks for the clarification on the Word of the Day feature. I never thought of myself as “geeky enough” but I did go right to the word-of-the-day archive. Now I get it.