Scott Marlowe
Scott Marlowe, fantasy author

Scott Marlowe

Author of the Alchemancer and Assassin Without a Name fantasy series

Online References, Part 6: Fun With Words

There are a lot of online reference resources out there. In this short series, I'm going to highlight just some of them. Here are the primary types I'll take a look at:

  1. Dictionaries
  2. Thesauri
  3. Quotations
  4. Style & Grammar
  5. Word of the Day
  6. Fun With Words (this post)

Web Sites

Scrabble Word Finder
We didn't have such things back in my Scrabble playing days, but this looks like a useful tool for generating words.

Dictionary.com Word Dynamo
How many words do you know?

FreeDictionary.com Idioms
A bunch of idioms.

Idiom Site
More idioms.

OneLook Reverse Dictionary
OneLook's reverse dictionary lets you describe a concept and get back a list of words and phrases related to that concept.

Word Oddities
Weird stuff. Reminds me of the odd things to come out of the Golden Ratio.

Wordnik Random Word
Each time you click on the link you're given a different word.

YourDictionary: Word Finder
YourDictionary's Word Finder will give you the help you need to beat the competition in games like Words With Friends and Scrabble.

YourDictionary: Words That Start With…
Find that word you know starts with…

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Online References, Part 5: Word of the Day

There are a lot of online reference resources out there. In this short series, I'm going to highlight just some of them. Here are the primary types I'll take a look at:

  1. Dictionaries
  2. Thesauri
  3. Quotations
  4. Style & Grammar
  5. Word of the Day (this post)
  6. Fun With Words

Web Sites

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Online References, Part 4: Style & Grammar

There are a lot of online reference resources out there. In this short series, I'm going to highlight just some of them. Here are the primary types I'll take a look at:

  1. Dictionaries
  2. Thesauri
  3. Quotations
  4. Style & Grammar (this post)
  5. Word of the Day
  6. Fun With Words

Web Sites

APA Style
APA Style was first developed 80 years ago by a group of social scientists who wished to establish sound standards of communication. Since that time, it has been adopted by leaders in many fields and has been used by writers around the world.

The Chicago Manual of Style Online
Not free, but one of the de facto standards.

Common Errors in English Usage
Lots and lots of common errors.

Daily Grammar
Daily Grammar is a fun, convenient way to learn grammar.

The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr.
The book we all know and love, online.

Grammar Girl
One of the best resources for “quick and dirty” tips.

GrammarBook.com
Some online information or you can buy the full book, The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation.

Guide to Grammar and Style by Jack Lynch
Lots of advice here.

Lifehack Guide to Grammar and Writing
A collection of links from the Capital Community College Foundation.

Modern English Grammar
Advice from the College of DuPage.

The Slot
A spot for copyeditors (but I think they’ll let writers in, too).

UT Austin Writer’s Style Guide
Some style tips from UT.


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Online References, Part 3: Quotations

There are a lot of online reference resources out there. In this short series, I'm going to highlight just some of them. Here are the primary types I'll take a look at:

  1. Dictionaries
  2. Thesauri
  3. Quotations (this post)
  4. Style & Grammar
  5. Word of the Day
  6. Fun With Words

Ancient Greek Quotes
Quotes from Ancient Greece.

Bartleby Dictionary of Quotations
From Ancient and Modern, English and Foreign Sources.

Bartleby Familiar Quotations
A Collection of Passages, Phrases, and Proverbs Traced to Their Sources in Ancient and Modern Literature.

BrainyQuote
Nicely indexed site for quotes.

Dictionary.com Quotes
Organized by subject and author.

FamousQuotes.com
A one quote per page sort of deal.

Goodreads Popular Quotes
Popular quotes based on member input.

LitQuotes
Quotes from literature.

The Quotations Page
Name kind of says it all.

QuotesDaddy.com
Kinda like a Sugar Daddy, except this is a Quotes Daddy.

Quotes from the Middle Ages
A list of sources for medieval quotations.

SearchQuotes.com
A scrolling list of quotes right in the middle of the page. Not a good design at all.

YourDictionary Quotes
These are YOUR quotations, my friends.

Online References, Part 2: Thesauri

There are a lot of online reference resources out there. In this short series, I'm going to highlight just some of them. Here are the primary types I'll take a look at:

  1. Dictionaries
  2. Thesauri (this post)
  3. Quotations
  4. Style & Grammar
  5. Word of the Day
  6. Fun With Words

Big Huge Thesaurus
Hey, they can call it whatever they want.

The Cook's Thesaurus
Yeah, you're seeing that right. The Cook's Thesaurus is a cooking encyclopedia that covers thousands of ingredients and kitchen tools.

Merriam-Webster
You have to click on the 'Thesaurus' tab. I don't care for the extra step.

The Synonym Finder
The Synonym Finder reads like a dictionary, except instead of word definitions it's chock full of synonyms.

Thesaurus.net
The thesaurus for thesaurus enthusiasts. Quickly becoming my new standard 'go to' synonym and antonym resource.

Thesaurus.com
A standard resource for many. Affiliated with Dictionary.com.

Urban Thesaurus
Because an Urban Dictionary just isn't enough.

Visual Thesaurus
Makes finding synonyms fun!

Your Dictionary Thesaurus
It's the Your Dictionary… Thesaurus. Think of it as Your Thesaurus and everything will be ok.