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Phrase Finder: A Cool Tool From The UK

Updated on July 18, 2014
Hot outside?  Time to read a good book!
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Have A Question About What Phrase To Use?

• Want to learn about the meaning or the origin of the words you use, maybe whether a word came from that writer named Shakespeare or perhaps whether it has a nautical background?

• Would you like to receive a "Phrase a Week" so you can know why someone might answer a question you ask about your new boss with, "He's a loose cannon," or so you can find out what is behind the phrase, "Between a rock and a hard spot?"

• How about asking a Phrase Thesaurus to find you a synonym for words that are not in your high school thesaurus but which would help you win that next Scrabble game?

• Maybe you want to peruse a list of famous last words from people who had the chance to make final statements, or it might be that you would like to examine 122 or so phrases that come from the Bible?

Be it for entertainment or educational purposes, Phrase Finder's website may just fit the bill for your needs!

An Across-the-Board Useful Writing Aid

I’ve been trying to write a short little something for each of my grandchildren--a little love note, really, for their future. Coming across a new-to-me on-line language tool (which is linked in the last paragraph of this hub), I’ve been having some fun poking around the site's features.

While I’ve written some hubs about words and phrases, a few creative pieces, and some book reviews (more in the links below this hub) sites like this appeal to me on several levels, one of which is that they ignite interesting ideas for future writing. Being one who enjoys words, finding this site has been a distraction from the main goal that caused me to stumble upon it.

One very interesting aspect of the website is the section for “A Phrase A Week.” If you sign up you can automatically receive a new phrase each week, obviously, with a fair explanation of the phrase's meaning and maybe its origin. This resource is researched and updated frequently. This section of Phrase Finder also offers a page of recent weeks' phrases.

When I checked out the phrase “five o’clock shadow” I was surprised and delighted by how much information was provided. I knew it probably had a long history, but I did not know the details of its evolution. This is the kind of info that can be stored in one’s head for random conversations (often to the surprise of listeners), but which would also be very handy for writers to take advantage of because of its thoroughness.

Understanding What We Hear And Read

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As an American, I grew up in the 60s-70s taking the phrase “it doesn’t take a rocket scientist” for granted, thinking I understood the obvious. However, I wish I had known the origin of that phrase long before now for it would have been useful to me many times over. Now, thanks to this web tool, not only am I in the know, but I am having to tear myself away from this curious collection of old sayings.

The chance to learn more about phrases I’ve grown up with, and to learn new ones from other countries and cultures in such an easy format is almost more than I can say no to, but I must pace myself in order to get other things done, such as the notes to my grandchildren that I started, and laundry, and gardening, and cleaning and cooking and...oh, but words are such fun no matter what topic we are discussing!

Phrase Finder is a cool tool that can be utilized by anyone interested in or who has a need to know more about words since it is the sort of site that sets a standard for other web sites. Take a look at its Phrase Thesaurus but be warned, you may decide to buy into the opportunity without blinking twice.

Just The Right Phrase Counts!

Check Out Phrase Finder!

See for yourself what a great resource it can be by giving the trial a chance to show you all of Phrase Finder's unique features.

Use it to hone your word skills (even if you only want more fodder for playing word games), and to increase your knowledge base for both work and social interaction.

You might be interested in what's available to everyone at Phrase Finder's site, but then again, you also just might find yourself enjoying it entirely too much!

On English Phrases:

A Few More Hubs full of Meaningful Words:

Joining HubPages gave me the chance to begin honing my writing skills and learning about online writing. Interacting with other hubbers and readers from outside the community via comments has been educational as well as enjoyable.

Wanting to practice various types of creative writing, focus on crucial topics for the society we live in, practice some instructional writing, and more closely examine topics that are important to me personally all worked together to provide me with a body of hubs that I continue to work on and add to.

The variety-pack list below contains examples of some of the posts that have proved to be interesting on more than one level:

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  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    4 years ago from the short journey


    Thanks much for letting me know you visited here and checked out the word site--it really is too much fun! Enjoy as you use it in your writing! :)

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    Rachael O'Halloran 

    4 years ago from United States

    I've never heard of this tool before and I just tried it out. It is a keeper! I bookmarked it and will probably use it a lot - it is addictive! lol

    Thanks for writing about it so creatively while introducing your other hubs :)

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from the short journey

    Your father's book probably had a huge impact on your life! :) Hope you enjoy checking out Phrase Finder.

    Thanks much for stopping in with your comments!

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    Dolores Monet 

    7 years ago from East Coast, United States

    My father used to have a book filled with phrases and words that are commonly used. It gave the history of the phrases, some of which dated back hundreds of years. This sounds like a fascinating tool.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from the short journey

    It is an emotional process and I'm finding that simplicity is the best way to work out the profoundness of my feelings. I may be able to post these love notes soon.

    Thank you kindly, sweetie1, for your visit and input.

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    7 years ago from India

    Writing a poem for each grandchildren is such a wonderful idea and an emotional gift , they would only realize when they grow up.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from the short journey

    Hope you enjoy it. Thanks much for coming by!

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    7 years ago from California

    This is great to know, R. - thank you for sharing, I will check out asap!

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from the short journey

    Stars above, child! Do you think it has something to do with the stars and stripes? ;-)

    Thanks bunches for stopping in for a visit.

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    Silver Poet 

    7 years ago from the computer of a midwestern American writer

    Yippee! Now I finally have a way to understand things like, "Heavens to Betsy!" :)

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from the short journey


    You are most welcome. I love to learn about word sites!

    Today I came across a horse of a different color as I was researching the word "patriotic" for my newest posting and wound up lengthening that hub due to the discovery. Taking the time to learn more about the words we use is always interesting!

    Always appreciate you visits from across the globe. :)

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    Christina Lornemark 

    7 years ago from Sweden

    Thanks for telling us about this, it will be so useful and fun to look into! And if I ever try to write a poem I will need the help I can get:)


  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from the short journey


    So glad you enjoyed seeing it. Appreciate your visit!

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from the short journey


    Word Link sounds interesting.

    Appreciate your giving us a heads up on it! :)

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from the short journey


    Very much appreciate that you stopped in with your input! Hope you do enjoy it--but pace yourself. ;-)

  • iZeko profile image


    7 years ago

    That’s a very useful find! Thanks for sharing!

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    7 years ago

    You'll have to try playing Word Link on sometime. It's great fun! Thanks for the info...

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    Linda Crampton 

    7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    Thank you so much for telling us about this site, which I’ve bookmarked! It’s going to be great fun to explore. I love words too – I enjoy reading dictionaries for fun – so I’m sure I’ll going to love visiting this site on a regular basis.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from the short journey


    Curiosity can be a cat's best friend, contrary to popular belief. :)

    Thanks for coming by and leaving a note!

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from the short journey


    I do hope it is useful to you, and that you enjoy it too.

    Appreciate your visit!

  • suziecat7 profile image


    7 years ago from Asheville, NC

    Thanks for making me aware of this site. I'm always nosy about where certain phrases come from.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from the short journey


    So appreciate your stopping by and sharing your kind comments! Hope you like the site as much as I do! :)

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from the short journey

    nightbear: Thanks much for stopping in with your input!

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    7 years ago from Sunny Florida

    I am going to check out that website as it sounds very useful. Thanks for the information.

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    7 years ago

    R Talloni,

    This sounds like a fun site i can't wait to try it out. Thanks for sharing it with us. I think what you are doing for your grandchildren is wonderful, I wish my grandparents would have left me something like that.

    Have A Good Evening !

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    Susan Kaul 

    7 years ago from Michiagn, USA

    A useful tool and a great find, thank you for sharing with us.


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