Many managers of
volunteer programs have needs for “wordy” resources. Check
spelling in an online newsletter; make up a poem to recognize a volunteer,
looking for just the right word—all require dictionary type
resources. Here are some of the resources available online. Beware: Most
There is a free online dictionary and thesaurus,
word games, a word of the day, and many other English language
and vocabulary reference tools. There is even help for the
crossword addicts in the world.
This is a free online dictionary and thesaurus,
with an encyclopedia link to Wikipedia and others. Easy to get
derailed from work on this site. The game Hangman is on the home page with other word
games. No apparent ads, either.
This features a free online Dictionary, Thesaurus,
Crossword Puzzle, Word Games, a Word of the Day and an Online Translator. You
must sign up and the home page offers only links to those who have
Want to double-check your spelling in a document---always
a good thing to do. More than once! In emails, too. Here
is the site to help you get it right.
This is a rhyming dictionary and has link to a thesaurus too. It
features a search for rhyming words, has reference tools, and a spell
checker. There are also reference tools for quotes from Shakespeare
to Mother Goose.
Watching the PBS show “Roots” I learned
that most Jews in Russia—hundreds of years ago--- lived in
an area called “The
Pale. An area of Ireland was called the “pale.” The
English reference was defined as “anything outside the authority's
jurisdiction was uncivilized.”
My family used “beyond the pale” to
refer to things that were difficult or beyond belief. So, off
to this site I went to identify the real definition of the quote
and derivation. (made a detour to Wikipedia, too). You can
look for a type of quote or search for source.