SOURCE: GuruNet Corporation

September 16, 2005 09:00 ET Hires Veteran Linguist

Former Managing Editor for to Join as Content Developer

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 16, 2005 -- GuruNet Corporation (NASDAQ: ANSW), creators of, an answer-based search engine, announced today that it has hired Dr. Barbara Ann Kipfer to its Content Development team.

Dr. Barbara Ann Kipfer has been a lexicographer and linguist for 25 years and is the author of more than 30 books, including: "The Order of Things and How It Happens" (Random House), "14,000 Things to be Happy About" (Workman) and "Page-a-Day" calendars based on it. Her other books are "Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus," "21st Century Spelling Dictionary," "21st Century Manual of Style" (Dell/Laurel), "Roget's International Thesaurus Sixth Edition and Dictionary of American Slang" (HarperCollins), "Sisson's Word and Expression Locater" (Prentice Hall), "Encyclopedic Dictionary of Archaeology" (Kluwer Plenum), "The Flip Dictionary, Roget's Thesaurus of Phrases," and "Roget's Descriptive Word Finder" (Writer's Digest). She has also authored "Instant Karma," "The Wish List," "1,400 Things for Kids to be Happy About," and "8,789 Words of Wisdom" for Workman.

She previously served as Managing Editor/Senior Lexicographer of Lexico ( and has worked for such companies as Ask Jeeves, Idealab, Mindmaker, General Electric Research, IBM Research, Wang, Bellcore (Telcordia), Cymfony, Textwise, and Knowledge Adventure. She has extensive experience in the areas of reference content creation, question-answering, reference publishing, natural language processing, artificial intelligence, information retrieval research, and the development of ontologies/hierarchies.

"For years, I have been a proponent of developing an all-in-one reference site," explained Kipfer. "When I saw in its current format, I was overjoyed. is a true leader in this industry and responds to the huge need for presenting reference information in a pleasing, understandable format. I am excited to be a part of this dynamic team and to have the opportunity to create more offerings for every person who loves to learn."

Barbara holds an M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Exeter (UK), a Ph.D. in Archaeology and Master of Philosophy in Buddhist Studies (Greenwich University), and a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education (Valparaiso University). She is currently being mentored in historical linguistics by Professor Terry Hoad of the University of Oxford.

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GuruNet Corporation (NASDAQ: ANSW) operates a leading answer-based search engine, Founded in 1999 by Bob Rosenschein, GuruNet provides patented technology and software tools to access concise information on demand. For additional information, visit ANSWERS.COM and GURUNET are trademarks of GuruNet Corporation. All other marks belong to their respective owners. offers a "Green Link" program for any writer seeking to provide readers additional information on the more than one million topics available on Simply visit to link any word or phrase to a specific Answers page.

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