Word Resources

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We used to have to either drive to the library or buy our own encyclopedia, dictionary and thesaurus to find useful information. Not anymore. The Web has opened up the world, and it's free! You might want to bookmark some of the following sites.

www.m-w.com is the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, with definitions for every word you can think of. Click on the ‘speaker’ icon for any word and it will be pronounced for you. There’s also a thesaurus for looking up synonyms and antonyms.

www.thesaurus.com has both a thesaurus and a dictionary. There are downloads enabling you to access the dictionary directly from the toolbar on your browser. There’s also a handy language translator. Type in a sentence in English and have it translated into your choice of 15 different languages. Or, try some word play in the “fun & games” section, with crossword puzzles, word search, hangman and more.

www.quotationspage.com - Quoting the great minds of our day can liven up a speech, letter or email. It's also fun to read what other people have said about a specific subject. “Do Not Disturb signs should be written in the language of the hotel maids.” – Tim Bedore

www.infoplease.com - Information Please has been providing answers to all kinds of questions since 1938 - first as a popular radio quiz show, then starting in 1947 as an almanac, and on the Internet since 1998.

www.refdesk.com – You can gain access to online dictionaries, encyclopedias, and myriad other reference sources: the day's leading news stories, popular search engines, and more. Think of it as Google crossed with your local librarian.