However, I recently checked out the Online Etymology Dictionary ("OEtyD"), which, according to its home page, is a "map of the wheel-ruts of modern English" and provides not just definitions, but "explanations of what our words meant and how they sounded 600 or 2,000 years ago."
Okay, that's a little different. And fun for someone like me who is a word-lover.
For example, if you look up the word "etymology" on the OEtyD, here's what you'll find:
1398, from Gk. etymologia, from etymon "true sense" (neut. of etymos "true," related to eteos "true") + logos "word." In classical times, of meanings; later, of histories. Latinized by Cicero as veriloquium.
The really fun part of OEtyD is the Sponsor A Word feature. For a single payment of $10, you can sponsor a word of your choice for six months. (Your $10 sponsorship helps offset the costs of hosting and maintaining the OEtyD Web site.)
As long as no one else has already claimed your word, you can sponsor a word like "the" or "why" or "cavalier" or "improvident" .... Your choices are endless. And you can dedicate a word to someone you know, someone you used to know, or someone you'll never know. You can include a personalized message. You can submit a photo.
What a fun thing to do!
Between my love of words and my A.D.D., It will take me hours to come up with the perfect word to
Maybe I'll sponsor "undecided," or "ambivalent," or "irresolute," or ....