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Kids, Parents and Teachers Now Have Access to Fun,
Educational Rhyming Dictionary and Thesaurus

NEWTON, Mass. - June 7, 2000 - Datamuse, a venture dedicated to the innovative exploration of data, today announced an exclusive licensing agreement with Lycos, Inc., the Internet's leading multi-brand network. Datamuse will provide its RhymeZone content to Lycos Network users within a cobranded site on the Lycos kids channel, LycosZone ( The new co-branded site is now available at

RhymeZone functions as a rhyming dictionary, thesaurus, spell checker and word-finding tool. LycosZone users can access RhymeZone to help write poetry, song lyrics, greeting cards, and more; to find relationships between words and phrases; to check the spelling of words; and to help find kid-friendly pictures and other multimedia items related to any concept.

Under the terms of the agreement, Datamuse will provide RhymeZone exclusively to Lycos for a two-year period. Current RhymeZone users will benefit from an increased level of reliability and support, while current LycosZone users will benefit from integrated access to a comprehensive tool for improving their creative writing efforts.

"RhymeZone is a great way to get the Web's youngest users interested in words while having fun at the same time," said Jane Emerson, director of the kids channel for Lycos. "We strive to add premier quality content like RhymeZone, in Lycos Zone, helping to make it one of the best sites on the Web for kids, parents and teachers."

"We aspire to make RhymeZone the premier search engine for words," said Rob Raisch, CEO of Datamuse. "Using a combination of RhymeZone's lookup features, our users can explore the dimensions of sound and meaning that make language so rich and so exciting."

RhymeZone has been serving the creative needs of its growing user base since January, 1996, when it was introduced online as "The Semantic Rhyming Dictionary". It was then the first online rhyming dictionary, and today remains one of the most popular and most comprehensive word finding resources for writers of all kinds.

About Lycos

Founded in 1995, Lycos, Inc. is a leading Web media company and owner of the Lycos Network, one of the most visited hubs on the Internet reaching nearly one out of every two U.S. Web users. The Lycos Network is a unified set of Web sites, attracting a diverse audience by offering a variety of services, including leading Web search and navigation resources; Web community and communications services including free homepage building, free Web-based e-mail, clubs, chat, instant messaging; a personalized My Lycos start page; a comprehensive shopping center featuring more than 2,400 merchants; and an assortment of compelling content such as games, music, news, fun and educational information and activities for kids as well as information about investing, technology, entertainment, sports, small business, travel and more. The Lycos Network is composed of, Tripod, WhoWhere, Angelfire, MailCity, HotBot, HotWired, Wired News, Webmonkey,, Sonique, Quote, Gamesville and Lycos Zone. Headquartered near Boston in Waltham, Mass., Lycos, Inc. is a global Internet leader with a major presence throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America.

On May 16, Lycos, Inc. entered into a definitive agreement with Terra Networks, S.A. (MC: TRR; NASDAQ: TRRA), a global Internet company and the leading provider of Internet access and interactive content and services to the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking world, under which Terra will acquire Lycos in a stock-for-stock transaction. Upon completion of the transaction, Lycos shareholders will own approximately 37% to 46% of the new company, Terra Lycos. The formation of Terra Lycos is subject to shareholder and regulatory approval.

About Datamuse

Privately held and based outside of Boston, Massachussets, Datamuse Corporation ( provides its customers with tools and information resources that enrich, inspire, and entertain, by applying innovative datamining and presentation techniques to large sets of data.


(C) 2000 Lycos, Inc. - Lycos. is a registered trademark of Carnegie Mellon University. All other product or service marks mentioned herein are those of Lycos or their respective owners. All rights reserved.

Contact: Rob Raisch, Datamuse,
Kathy O'Reilly, Lycos, 781-370-3454,

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