I’ve talked about Dictionary.com before. And now I’m going to talk about this great site again.
The FAQ page is full of useful and interesting information.
These questions and answers are broken down into six different categories:
- Differences where the distinction between similar words — like road and street — are explained.
- Etymology/Origins accounts for the derivatives and origins of certain intriguing or funny words and terms: pajamas, flea market, and egg on, for example.
- Grammar/Usage/Style has answers to all your grammar and style questions. These are incredibly important tools for effective communication that often go overlooked.
- Spelling goes beyond an “i before e except after c” direction. Looking at tips, rules of thumb, detailed histories, and humorous exceptions, this section is more interesting and helpful than you’d think.
- Trivia offers a breadth of just that. Be the most interesting person at your next dinner party.
- What is the word for …? Where can I find …? provides answers to all kinds of curiosities, such as the name for the dot above the letters i and j (a tittle, who knew?) and the names and definitions of different kinds of poems.
Whether you’re looking to fine tune your language knowledge or settle in on the basics before you write that big report, this is a great page to peruse… and out of the ordinary, to boot!