- 10 Things You Need to Know About Dictionaries
Put your dictionary to work!
- Abbreviations in Dictionaries
A complete list of abbreviations used in dictionaries for parts of speech and labels.
- A Word is Born
The different ways in which words were formed.
- Buying Reference Books
What to look for when purchasing reference books.
- Finding the Meaning of a Phrase
Moving beyond a dictionary.
- How to Use a Dictionary
Dictionaries are more than just definitions.
- Learning New Words, Increasing Your Vocabulary
The best ways to learn and retain new words.
- Learning SAT words
Helpful tips in preparing for your SAT test.
- Spelling Help
Don't be too hard on yourself. With practice, anyone can become a good speller.
- Using a Reverse Dictionary/Finding the Word You Need
There is a word for your idea, and help comes in the form of a reverse dictionary or reverse lookup.
- Using a Style Guide
When do you capitalize a word? When do you use a comma or semi-colon? Style Guide to the rescue!
- Using a Thesaurus
Find the word you're looking for and increase your vocabulary, both that the same time!
- Using Usage Notes and Example Sentences in Dictionaries
Usage is the actual or expressed way in which a language or its elements are used and interrelated, varies among groups of people and other factors.
Holiday and Season Word Origins
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Fun facts about our 49th and 50th states.
- Baseball Terminology
"Baseball fan or not, when you listen to America you hear baseball."
- Bee the Speller
Some great tips for the SAT test and spelling bee preparation.
- Being a Word Explorer
Be a word explorer. Be a word detective. Be a word user.
- Crossword Puzzles
It may seem that solving crosswords is a trivial pursuit, but it is known to extend the vocabulary and stimulate the mind.
- Dictionary Day
It's every October 16, honoring Noah Webster's contributions to lexicography.
- English Language Trivia
More fun for word lovers!
- From Head to Toe
Fun with words, from your aglet to your havelock.
- Glossaries or Lexicons of Special Vocabularies
Words and definitions that pertain to a particular subject or field of endeavor.
- January/Winter words
If you're up to here in snow, you'll enjoy our winter words.
- Learning Grammar Rules
English is very tricky and loaded with rules - and exceptions.
- Loving Words
Just in time for Valentine's Day!
- Put an end to Words
Add a suffix and get a new word!
- Science Terms
Natural sciences, life sciences, earth sciences, and physical sciences - what does it all mean?
- Shopping Words
Like shopping until you drop? Find out if you have oniochalasia.
- The ABCs of Food Words
If you're a word lover and a food lover, have we got a tasty list for you!
- The Differences Between Similar Words
Discern between words that are sometimes or often confused.
- Twenty-three Great SAT Words
A valuable list for anyone studying for their SAT test.
- Windy Terms
Fun words for lovers of meteorology.
- Word of the Day
Increase your vocabulary by learning a word a day.
- Word Origins
The origins of words, their etymology.
- Word Trivia
For the word lover: fun word facts.