RhymeZone Newsletter, Issue 1: July 4, 2000
"The Second Day of July 1776 will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. . . . It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires, and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more." -- John Adams to Abigail Adams, July 3, 1776 http://www.nara.gov/exhall/originals/declarat.html
Okay, so you're probably wondering why we don't celebrate the Second of July. That's because, lacking the Internet, they needed a couple days to get their papers in order and get the darn thing signed and printed!
IN THIS LETTER:
(Go to http://www.rhymezone.com and click on the Declaration of Independence)
At RhymeZone, we can't offer our American users pomp or parade. Nor can we offer "shews", games, sports, guns, bells, or bonfires. However, to kick off our new "Great Words in Context" feature, we'd like to offer you the chance to read the document that started the United States as we know it. You will also find the Constitution there, too, for good measure.
By the way, what's a shew? Try looking for synonyms on RhymeZone:
You'll see "show" amongst the possible synonyms, which is what John Adams would have said, had he been born less pretentious and two hundred years later. (Though if he had been born two hundred years later, I, for one, wouldn't be here to make fun of him!) If you want confirmation that shew means show, you might then click on the "Definition" link in the purple box at the bottom of the page, and it will whisk you away to a definition.
(More info at http://www.datamuse.com/pr/dm-pr1-20000607.html)
Lycos, the Internet media network, has selected RhymeZone as a partner for its "Lycos Zone" kids site at http://www.lycoszone.com. It looks and functions almost identically to the RhymeZone you've come to know over the last few months.
Now you can see Shakespeare's take on every word you enter into RhymeZone! Just enter a word as you normally would into RhymeZone and atop the results you will see a link to Shakespeare works containing that word. (That is, if your word can be found within Shakespeare! It won't work for, say, "modem".)
You can also browse and read all of his works online and search for words within any poem, play, or category.
Did you know that Shakespeare mentioned "America" in his plays exactly once? Long before the United States came to be, of course. But if you don't like America for some reason, you might find the play that it appeared in amusing.
Suppose you're John Adams and you insist that "epocha" is a word, despite that it's not used by anyone else on the planet. Remember that you can add words to RhymeZone if you don't find what you're looking for. Just click on the "Add a word" link that appears at the top right of every RhymeZone page. However, remember that we can only accept words that you'd want your children to see. We get a lot of submissions and work hard to ensure that the valid ones appear in the dictionary eventually, so be patient!
Happy word finding, and if you're in the U.S., enjoy whatever fireworks "shews" you might attend today!- Your friends at RhymeZone (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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