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The alt.usage.english Home Page
This is the web site of the alt.usage.english
Pronunciation is a big topic in alt.usage.english, but in newsgroups we can't use those fancy characters you see in dictionaries. We make do with ordinary characters. So if you want to know how to say /'fA:D@/, consult the ASCII IPA
Listen to the sounds of English from across the USA and around the world in the Audio Archive. It's amazing how many different ways there are to say the same words.
The Links page has hundreds of categorised links to English usage and other interesting web sites.
Another English usage site, that of the uk.culture.language.english newsgroup, is hosted here. The newsgroup is alive and well, but their Web site is no longer active, and is frozen in time at UCLE Corner.
If you're a regular visitor, you might like to look at What's New? to find out about recent changes and additions to the site – also convenient links to new features that you might have seen announced in the newsgroup. In What's New you'll also find links to archive copies of this site going back to August 2000.
If you know what you're looking for but not where to find it, try the English Usage Site Search facility, which searches this site and other English usage sites in one operation. Read about these and other search methods on the Search Suggestions page.
The Site Map is a hierarchical list of all the pages in this site, allowing you to explore the site structure, or to search for a page using a part of its title. Click on the Where am I? link to find the page you're looking at in the map.
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English usage to the webmaster. Post them to the alt.usage.english newsgroup.