Dictionaries & Other Useful Resources
(thanks to Irene Davis for many of these)
http://www.onelook.com/ (more than 900 online dictionaries with a search engine)
http://www.visualdictionaryonline.com/ More than 6,000 images
Visuwords - graphical dictionary. Learn how words associate.
The Random House Word Menu offers a reverse-dictionary, thesaurus, almanac and a glossaries.
http://www.answers.com/library/Word%20Menu The Random House Word Menu offers a reverse-dictionary, thesaurus, almanac and a collection of glossaries.
http://www.georgetown.edu/faculty/ballc/webtools/web_freqs.html (similar to WordCounter only with an ability to sort the words per most frequent, least frequent or alphabetical)
http://www.readplease.com (a simple audio program that reads your words back to you using one of four voices. This can really help you smooth out phrasing and catch convoluted sentences. Free version to try.
Metaphors Dictionary by Elyse Sommer with Dorrie Wess (Visible Ink Press) Visible Ink also publishes The Handy Answer Book Series® in various scientific areas as well as history, sports, and general reference.
Wordnik, the online dictionary and language resource, shows related words in context to help writers find the right word quickly and accurately.
The New York Public Library: http://www.nypl.org/research/
The first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, published in 1928, defined 414,000 words in 15,490 pages.
THE BEST GENERAL WEB DIRECTORIES:
www.iTools.com (many search engines, including those to find people and businesses in the U.S. and Canada, reverse look-up, web searches, languages, maps, etc.
www.aigam.com (a web directory arranged by topic)
www.zepti.org (a comprehensive web directory)
www.TheCelebrityCafe.com (find book and movie reviews, authors, celebrities)
www.business-inc.net (directory of business websites)
http://zipskinny.com/ (enter a U.S. zip code to locate U.S. Census data)
www.OyMap.com (a comprehensive worldwide directory)
http://catalog.loc.gov/ (Library of Congress searchable online catalog)
https://www.cia.gov/library/index.html (a comprehensive source of facts)
DID YOU KNOW:
(see more facts about languages on the FACTS page)
"Typewriter" is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.
Stewardesses" is the longest word that can be typed using only the left hand.
"Lollipop" is the longest word that can be typed using only the right hand.
HELP WITH SPELLING: www.myspellit.com
THE TEN MOST MISSPELLED WORDS IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE:
MISCELLANEOUS SITES OF INTEREST:
SOME FAVORITE BOOKS:
The Bridge of San Luis Rey, by Thornton Wilder (who lived in my home town, Hamden, CT)
Not Wanted on the Voyage, by Timothy Findley (a fan of Simon Teakettle's)
An Unconventional Woman and Stone Diaries by Carol Shields