Online word and quotation resources
recommended by
Susan Jones
Vocabulary Verse
Words, Verse, and Whimsy!
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Searches multiple dictionaries, and provides
thesaurus and reference searches, as well as a
translation resource.
Also features quotations for many words.
As with, this resource also belongs
in the next (quotations) column. A word search
brings up a wonderful list of the usage(s) of that
word in many, many literature sources.  An
excellent feature.
OneLook Dictionary
Searches over 1,000 sources. A fantastic resource.  
It allows for wildcard searches and provides a
concept and get a list of possible words in return.
The free dictionary search gives you definitions,
thesaurus entries, spelling, pronunciation, and
etymology results.
Merriam-Webster Online Search
Select a reference:  dictionary; thesaurus,
Spanish-English; medical.
Language Dictionaries and Translators
Word2Word has "attempted to place as many online
dictionaries at your disposal as possible."
English dictionary with multi-lingual search.  
Also, many great links for word lovers.
The Phrase Finder
Searchable database of a large collection of English
phrases and sayings.
The word lover's guide to new words.
Wordsmyth Educational
A reference source that meshes the functions of a
dictionary and a thesaurus with powerful and
flexible search capabilities.
A dictionary, thesaurus, word community, and
better yet, a source of quotations. (Not "quotation"
quotations necessarily, but words in the context of
news and literature.)
A free download (link above). Right-click + Control
any  word, online or not, and you'll get the
dictionary record, and more.
ALSO - Did you know that in Microsoft Word, you
can right-click on any word, then left-click on
ALSO - "Look Up."  It takes you to the Encarta
Did you know that in Microsoft Word, you
Thesaurus (
A free cross-platform English thesaurus that
works completely offline and is based on WordNet.
A "computational knowledge engine," I use it as a
dictionary.  Gives usage history, even Scrabble
The Free Thesaurus
A comprehensive online thesaurus of synonyms,
antonyms, and related words from three top
... quotations?

Quotations at
Multiple quotations sources. Browse by author or
search by keyword.
The Quotations Page - Search
Offering over 26,000 quotations searchable by keyword
and author.
Free online literature with more than 2000 classic
texts.  Unfortunately, the search feature has not been
working for a long, long while.
A quotation site that can be searched or browsed by
OpenSource Shakespeare
"This site was built with four attributes in mind: Power,
Flexibility, Friendliness, and Openness. It won't replace the
expensive, subscription-only sites at libraries or research
institutions, but you can use the advanced search function, read
the plays, and look up words in the concordance."
The Internet Movie Database
Search by quotes, movie titles, characters, names, TV
episodes, keywords, and more.
The Quotations Home Page
One of the largest and longest-lived text collections on
the Web.
Quotations and Proverbs Search
A comprehensive directory of quotation and proverb
resources available online. Quotations
Find the famous quotes you need. More than 300,000
quotations by over 20,000 authors.
Quotes and Sayings
Quotations and sayings from all the best databases on
the internet."   
Rhyming Dictionary
(RhymeZone) Enter a word and the server will return
a list of rhyming words, synonyms, and homophones.
Also find definitions, quotes, and Shakespearian works
containing the word.
As with, this resource also belongs in
the previous (words) column. A word search brings up
a wonderful list of the usage(s) of that word in many,
many literature sources.  An excellent feature
Also, see
A dictionary, thesaurus, word community, and better
yet, a source of quotations. (Not "quotation" quotations
necessarily, but words in the context of news and
A huge collection of literary quotations and movie
quotes, collaboratively assembled by contributing
editors.  Browse the database alphabetically, by subject
or search by keyword.
Strong's Exhaustive Concordance
. . . the most complete, easy-to-use, and understandable
concordance for studying the original languages of the Bible

... word origins and misc.?

The Mavens' Word of the Day Links
Language Links and Word Book Links. I can't seem
to get the Maven's (Jesse Sheidlower's) WOD
Archives, but will keep trying.
The Word Detective
...answers reader questions about word and phrase
origins, grammar, usage, and the history of the
English language.
World Wide Words
More than 2100 pages on the origins, history,
evolution and idiosyncrasies of the English
Urban Legends - Language
interesting origins that have become obscured in
the mists of time.
An Etymological Dictionary of Classical
...a site dedicated to the study of word origins.  
Specifically, I am focusing on those modern
English words whose origins reach far back into
Ancient Greek and Roman mythology.  From
Elizabeth Wallis Kraemer.
Etymologically Speaking
...a list of some curious word origins.
Online Etymological Dictionary
History and evolution of more than 30,000 words,
including slang and technical terms.
...devoted to the origins of words and phrases, or as
a linguist would put it, to etymology.  From Dave
The Vocabula Review
...a monthly journal about the state of the English
Richard Lederer's
Linguistic fun from Richard Lederer, a --well--
verbivore. Well worth a click on the Language
Links link.
What the heck is chiasmus?  What is a neverism?  
Find out here, get information about Mardy
Grothe's quotation books, and get a quote of the day.
Costs a bit but:
Dictionary, phrases, rhymes, thesaurus, word
families, searchable reference dictionaries
(including a Bible concordance), writing software
... .  
And, it works even when the Internet is down!
Phrase Finder
The meanings and origins of thousands of English
sayings, phrases, idioms and expressions.
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two behind.
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