Words! Words! Words!

Words! Words! Words!

By Judith Maginnis Kuster

Eliza Doolittle sang, "Words! Words! Words! I'm so sick of words! I get words all day through; first from him, now from you!" There is much of interest to speech-language pathologists in My Fair Lady, Lerner and Loewe's musical based on George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion including Eliza's mantra you can watch the video clip on YouTube (youtube.com - key words "My Fair Lady" +"show me"). Much of what we do with our clients involves words and the Internet contains practice treasures to ensure that we, as well as our clients, won't get "so sick of words."

Fun with words

Word activities

Vocabulary Lists, Unique Dictionaries, and Word Databases

This column highlights only a few examples of online word/vocabulary sites. For additional treasures, explore Google (www.google.com) with the keyword "vocabulary" (yields more than 50 million "hits) or spend time on Kuster's Examples of Materials That Can Be Adapted For Therapy (www.mnsu.edu/comdis/kuster2/sptherapy.html).

Judith Kuster is a professor in the Department of Speech, Hearing, and Rehabilitation Services at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Contact her at judith.kuster@mnsu.edu. All of Kuster's Internet columns are available in HTML format with active links (www.mnsu.edu/comdis/kuster4/leader.html), although URLs change and there is no guarantee that links from previous articles are still functional.

Kuster, JM, Words! Words! Words!, ASHA Leader, February 10, 2009, p. 24-25.