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Grammar | Misused & Unnecessary Words | Punctuation | Dictionaries & Thesauruses | Synonyms & Antonyms | Translators | Quotes & Idioms

Grammar and Style

Perdue OWL — Chicago Manual of Style 16th Edition
Perdue OWL — MLA Formatting and Style Guide
Perdue OWL — APA Style GuidePerdue OWL Writing Lab sitemap — An overwhelming amount of information for writers of all kinds.
Chicago Manual of Style — Requires subscription for full access.
Bartleby.com — Strunk & White, Elements of Style.
Grammarly — Program to check punctuation and grammar. Remember it’s not always correct.
Tips from our own Grammar Granny

Misused & Unnecessary Words

Avoid Fillers to Write More Powerful Sentences
To Cut or Not to Cut: Filler Words in Your Speech & Writing
Archives for the ‘Misused Words’ from dailywritingtips.com
Commonly Misused Words at hubpages.com
Easily Confused or Misused Words
Wikipedia list of commonly misused words
20 Most Misused Words from a Harvard linguist
Archives for the ‘Misused Words’ from dailywritingtips.com
Commonly Misused Words at hubpages.com
Easily Confused or Misused Words
Wikipedia list of commonly misused copy words
20 Most Misused Words from a Harvard linguist

Punctuation

Thirteen rules for apostrophes
Perdue OWL — Punctuation

Perdue OWL — APA Style GuideIntroduction to the Basic Rules of Punctuation

Dictionaries

Free dictionaries from Babylon Software — Many categories, Language, Translator, Thesaurus
Cambridge Dictionary — Idioms, Phrasal verbs, Audio pronunciation
Merriam-Webster Dictionary — Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Spanish-English
Onelook — Reverse Dictionary
Oxford Dictionaries — Quotations, First Name Dictionary, Ask expert, Writing help
Dictionary.com — Dictionary, Encyclopedia, Word games, Crossword solver
Specialist Online Dictionary — Computer, Scientific, Legal, Political, Philosophical, Music, Misc
Your Dictionary — Grammar Rules & Usage, Industry specific dictionaries
Medical Dictionary Medical conditions, Medications, Anatomical terms, amd more
Legal dictionary Legal terms, Definitions, ABC list
Thesaurus

Synonyms

A synonym is a word you use when you can’t spell the first word correctly. ~Burt Bacharach
An antonym is the opposite of the word you’re trying to think of. ~Unknown

Definitions:
Synonym: A word having the same or almost the same meaning as another word.
Antonym: A word having the opposite meaning of another word.

Resources:
Thesaurus.com — Includes word games, tools, and resources
Synonym.com — Enter words A-Z for synonyms, antonyms and definitions.
Synonyms.net — Synonyms, antonyms, and thesaurus and visual wordmap (click on a synonym and the map will expand)

Translators

Translator – over 50 languages
Babelfish Translator
Free download Babylon Translation Software

Quotes & Idioms

The Quotations Page — Over 28,000 quotations online from over 3,400 authors
Quoteland.com — Quotations by author, topic, art, dreams, love, sports, library
ThoughtCo — Quotes: love, funny, wedding, short, Chinese, birthday, movie/TV, friendship, poems, spiritual, Shakespeare, business, holiday
Theotherpages.org Quotations — Contains approximately 28,966 entries, and the Alpha by Topic is the best place to start.
Citatum — Categorized Quotes.
Idoims and Phrases from FreeDictionary.com
Idiom Site