The Phrontistery

Mission Statement

The Phrontistery is dedicated to expanding the study and enjoyment of English words and wordplay through the medium of the Internet. The Internet is an exciting new medium, and moreover one that involves its users in the use of written language. Far from resulting in the intellectual and linguistic stagnation of society, I see the Web as a remarkable opportunity for lovers of language to unite and share their common joy. In so doing, I hope to enable that those who in an earlier generation might not otherwise have been able to do so (people from small communities, for instance, or those with physical disabilities) to partake of the joy of English. Every new word you discover through this site accomplishes this goal by communicating information to you, essentially free of charge. It is even more rewarding - and a greater testament to the power of the Web to change the world - when, having come to this site to discover a word, someone discovers instead a new love of the English language.

Since its inception in 1996, the Phrontistery, literally, a "thinking-place", has been a source for knowledge relating to language and social thought. Much of the original material here related to my academic areas of specialty (anthropology, archaeology and the history of mathematics) as well as my hobbies (language, role-playing) and more. Over its lifespan, the Phrontistery has become increasingly specialised, and its function as a location for the discussion and enjoyment of English words and wordplay has grown at the expense of the others, which of necessity have become more tangential. Nevertheless, while its focus has changed, the Phrontistery will continue to host this information - essays, links pages, and other items of interest. New pages, such as the bookstore, will continue to be added as the Phrontistery evolves and grows. I encourage you to participate in this developmental process by sending me your thoughts and ideas, your support and criticism. In so doing, we work to build a true community.

Forthright (Steve Chrisomalis)

I hope you have found this site to be useful. If you have any corrections, additions, or comments, please contact me. Please note that I am not able to respond to all requests. Please consult a major dictionary before e-mailing your query. All material on this page © 1996-2014 Stephen Chrisomalis. Links to this page may be made without permission.

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