This page focuses on etymology. Other resources for teaching vocabulary are available on the Spelling and Vocabulary page and the Words at Play page.
Calliope, Muse of Eloquence
An interactive site exploring English words derived from classical mythology. Worksheets available at the site help guide student learning.
An Etymological Dictionary of Classical Mythology
Browsable or searchable, this site has lists of words that have entered English from mythology.
Focusing on Words
Etymologies of English words from Latin-Greek root words, free vocabulary newsletters. The site contains a bulletin board and search ability.
Online Etymology Dictionary
Browsable or searchable, this site has extensive background information in an easy-to-read format.
Take Our Word For It
A weekly etymology publication. Interactive.
Looking for the origin of an expression such as busman's holiday or at sixes and sevens? This site offers answers.
World Wide Words Home Page
The site is devoted to the history, quirks, curiosities and evolution of the English language, with special emphasis on British English. It is organized in sections, each with its own index.