I like sentences, but words are even better. Sometimes I love my darlings, which is basically hypocritical. Adjectives don’t bother me unless they’re trying to be persuasive. But superlatives are problematic, because I’m a big fan of WHY. I appreciate qualifiers.
Bullet points and checklists are nice, but at some point in the presentation I picked up the more prescriptive term ACTION ITEMS. Which reminds me how much I love a thesaurus for losing or finding darlings.
I’d give up a thesaurus for Fowler’s Modern English Usage or its first edition, A Dictionary of Modern English Usage, which Oxford University Press has now reprinted.
Here are some of the sites I like for WORDS:
American Dialect Society: Words of the Year
A Dictionary of Slang (English slang and colloquialisms used in the UK)
The Jargon File (resources associated with The New Hacker’s Dictionary)
Office of National Drug Control Policy: Street Terms
The Online Slang Dictionary (American and English slang)
Oxford English Dictionary: Word of the Day
SeaTalk: The Dictionary of English Nautical Language and Online Nautical Dictionaries in several languages
Wordtracker (free keyword suggestion tool)
An old post on Jessica Poundstone’s blog called my attention to Word Spy, which was the inspiration for today’s list. I’ll add new sites as I notice them.