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"The voice heard vanishes, the
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Reference: Style Guides
Searchable database of 80,000+ acronyms and meanings. Covers: common acronyms, computers, technology, government, telecommunications, and military acronyms.
A bulleted guide to using links effectively in hypertext writing.
Canadian-American/British translation. Notes on American English, British English, and Canadian English, in spelling and word choice.
"Expressions of our American ancestors." The colorful slang of Americans of the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries.
Official American Psychological Association site includes frequently asked questions, guidelines for electronic media citations and spelling and ordering information.
For questions on English grammar, spelling, and usage. Search a dictionary of words, names or quotations.
The music and magic of words. This is the website for the mailing list A.Word.A.Day (AWAD), which sends a vocabulary word and its definition to the subscribers every day.
For use in English courses in which the practice of composition is combined with the study of literature. It aims to give in brief space the principal requirements of plain English style.
Kenneth G. Wilson's handbook includes descriptive and prescriptive examples with hyperlinked cross-references.
A compilation of common phrases, euphemisms, and rationales for times of trouble. Organized by occasion.
An in-depth look at the words we use from CBC News.
List of 2000 English cliches with some statistical and literary notes on their use.
Special tool word-searches 3,300 cliches.
Clichés, sayings or phrases listed with definitions and explanations. Clichés are organized by subject and alphabetically and you can use the search function.
Catalogue of writing or speaking mistakes and easily confusible words, with corrections.
From York University in Toronto, Canada.
Explains the fundamentals of critical reading and writing. Offers a way to recognize what a text "says," what a text "does," and what a text "means" by analyzing choices of content, language, and structure.
Prune the deadwood phrases from your writing. Site lists the worst from A to Z.
Tests of usage, built interactively.
Entertaining and instructive in-house guide to writing and usage.
A look at word usage in popular culture. The Dictionary of Concision is a complete manual of several thousand wordy phrases.
Thomas Wolfe, episodic writing, and the future of literary fiction beyond the book.
An online tutorial for the parts of speech with style notes for the English Language.
Subscription-based site for vocabulary development, showcasing the Latin and Greek roots of English words.
Answers to common questions about usage, style, grammar and punctuation.
Style manual for abbreviations, capitalization, grammar, numbers, punctuation, spelling and word usage. [Update URL]
Annotated directory of web sites focusing on English grammar, style, usage, plain language, active writing, words, reference sources, online writing experts, word play and books on writing.
A searchable directory of thousands of glossaries and topical dictionaries containing terms and definitions on hundreds of subjects.
Articles and answers to frequently asked questions about grammar, mechanics, and style. Links and bibliography.
This help file indexes style and usage, capitalization, abbreviations, punctuation, letter writing, common mistakes and a grammar glossary.
The information ranges from copy editing to elements of style to discussions. Practical information about the writing craft.
Digital handouts on grammar and English usage. From subject-verb agreement and use of articles to exercises in parallel structures and argumentative essays. You can submit questions about grammar and writing.
Bibliography of style manuals for scientific research, writing, and presentation. Guides for biology, medicine, chemistry, engineering, geology, and mathematics.
Step-by-step directions to writing an explication. Good and bad examples provided.
Designed to help you bulletproof your writing. Extensive, alphabetical index of points of style.
Provocative essays on word usage, writing ideas and style.
A list of lesser-known features in English writing. Hendiadys, holonyms, and hypernyms.
About words and word usage.
The word lover's web site by Paul McFedries.
A column (running for three years) devoted to language (and mostly grammar) by Michael Tseng.
Only 10% of writing is talent (maybe less), another 30% is having something interesting to say. The rest is being able to say it well. Talent and content amount to little without skill, and skill is what we learn.
The Modern Language Association is the official guide to non-fiction writing. The site includes a guide to MLA style.
A free tool to create, edit, and save your MLA-style bibliography online, then publish it to a Web page, email it, or save it as RTF and open it in Microsoft Word.
Popular, award-winning online writing guide. Authoritative help with research, style, structure, major citation styles, mechanics, and revision.
The University of Minnesota offers a number of Internet correspondence courses in rhetoric. Sign up here.
Help in discovering, organizing, revising, and editing informal, thesis, argumentative, and exploratory essays.
Paul Robinson's classic essay on periods, commas, semicolons, dashes.
A generator of headlines and copy for journalists. Enter a word and the database is searched to provide a list of phrases related to that word.
An independent group fighting for plain English in public communication. We oppose gobbledygook, jargon and legalese.
Fight to destroy gobbledygook, legalese, small print and bureaucratic language. Give out the Crystal Mark Award for good use of plain English.
Promoting clearer communication between the public and governement. This site has resources for writers to attain that goal.
The dictionary for words that wouldn't make it into dictionaries.
How to write research papers, and do presentations. Virtual library of links arranged by Dewey Decimal Classification.
From alliteration to zeugma, and everything in between, all the figures of speech are here.
Concise guide to some of the most frequently violated rules of writing, punctuation, and grammar.
A regularly updated style guide and webzine for copy editors by Bill Walsh.
Bimonthly publication, SPELL/Binder, contains articles on grammar, usage, word origins, and other subjects of interest to language lovers.
We compiled a list of the most common writing errors people tend to make. This is not a primer on grammar or essay-writing. This is a checklist of things which you might well do and which you must stop doing.
A large, searchable collection of sports cliches, lingo, and jargon.
Archive of articles covering writing and speaking skills, with emphasis on clear communication, basic design, communicating with international and multicultural audiences.
Archive of articles about English grammar and style.
A punctuation guide describing how to use the period, ellipsis, comma, semicolon, colon, question mark, exclamation mark, quotation marks, parentheses, apostrophe, hyphen, dash, and capitalization.
Articles about grammar information and hints. Australian site. Errs on the side of "correctness," not that of modern usage.
Grammar, punctuation and style for journalists.
Online directory for grammar, spelling, puncuation, research, creative writing, and proofreading resources.
If you are looking for just the right word, you may find it here. If not, you can suggest your own.
Richard Lederer's page, with contact information and a handful of his language-loving articles.
There is more to writing than putting words next to each other, and there is more to writing hypertext than throwing together a bunch of links. By Julia Degener.
Notes on the emerging language of technology. Reference and discussion tool. Last updated 1997.
An interactive site that uses the writing process to teach writing skills.
Consulting firm dedicated to training businesses to use plain English. Free newsletter and professional editing services.
An interactive column by The Atlantic's Barbara Wallraff. Discovers needs in our language and recommends new words to fill them.
A message board where you can request and brainstorm unique words, names, titles, coinages, puns, phrases, slogans and slang.
Word lists that provide thematic units of English words derived from Latin and Greek sources.
A daily on-line column, featuring little known facts about well known words and phrases.
A list of words and phrases to purge from your writing.
Discussions and articles concerning words.
Digs up a word or phrase out of the Bank of English and holds it up for inspection and comment.
Portal for word lovers. Learn about word meanings, slang, quotations, insults, and famous authors. Wordwizard offers a round trip across the English language.
Explores some of the byways history, quirks, curiosities and evolution of the English language. Columns on a variety of subjects.
Style guide for multimedia.
A style manual for the design of Web pages and Web sites. Covers graphic and information design, page layout, Web graphics, site organization, navigation, and Web multimedia content.
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