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Chapter 20 Dictionaries and Fun With Words

Chapter twenty contents
  • Dictionaries
  • The word detective
  • Anagrams
  • Phrase finder
  • Dialectizer
  • Roget, Gutenberg, How can you go wrong?
  • Grammar, style and wordplay
  • Grammar check
  • Quotations
  • Writing errors
Your Dictionary, The Last Word in Words is a web of online dictionaries -- many languages, grammar, etc.

Merriam Webster, With tab options to search dictionary, thesaurus, Spanish-English and Medical. Includes Top Ten Words, Trend Watch and Words Well Used.

The Word Detective
Puzzled by posh? Confounded by cattycorner? Baffled by balderdash? Flummoxed by flabbergast? Have no fear! Evan Morris' web site, The Word Detective is the place to go!
"This is the place to go if you're unclear what any of these or any other of about one gazillion English words mean. Peruse the online version of the eponymous newsletter or surf through the language links at the bottom of the page."
I'd sought out the origin of the word 'hillbilly' and ran across this interesting web site resource, World Wide Words, Click A free weekly e-magazine to subscribe to Michael's newsletter, World Wide Words (ISSN 1470-1448). Editor is Michael Quinion.

Brendan's Anagram Generator, offers a free version for downloading and provides a link to Anagram Genius,, another freebie.

Phrase finder
Phrase Finder, is a great tool for writers, plus offers a free weekly newsletter for subscribers.

Go to The Dialectizer, and convert your words into the dialect you select (between redneck, jive, cockney, Elmer Fudd, Swedish chef, moron, or Pig Latin.) It can be hilarious fun!

Roget, Gutenberg, how can you go wrong?
Roget's Thesaurus is the best known collection of synonyms. The ARTFL Project, puts public domain texts into digital form. One of these texts is Version 1.02 of Roget with internal cross-references as clickable hypertext links. At The University of Chicago's site you can search that e-text and even download a list of clickable headwords.

Grammar check
Capital Community College's Guide to Grammar and Writing, dedicated to the memory of Professor Charles Darling is published for free use by the college's students and staff and for the general online community.
"This Guide may not be reproduced wholly or in part, by any means whatsoever, including mirroring on other web-servers, without prior hard-copy written consent of the author. Printing out sections for a student's personal reference or class practice is permitted as long as the source is indicated."
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Looking for quotations? Try The Quotations Page,

Writing errors
Check your word useage at Common Errors in English Useage, Use Search, or scroll to alphabetical list of misused words to click.

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