Online Writing Resources (December Recommendations)

In the selection of dictionaries, thesauruses, word processors and other writing-related software, my primary criteria is simplicity, task-specificity and reliability. Below is a list of sites that fit this criteria, paired with notes pertinent to the distinctive attributes of each. All sites and programs listed are free (or have a free version). Writing Programs: Apache… Continue reading Online Writing Resources (December Recommendations)

The Highly Selective Dictionary For The Extraordinarily Literate (1997)

"The Highly Selective Dictionary can be thought of as an antidote to the ongoing, poisonous effects wrought by the forces of linguistic darkness—aided by permissive lexicographers who blithely acquiesce to the depredations of unrestrained language butchers."   —Eugene Ehrlich, Preface to The Highly Selective Dictionary For The Extraordinarily Literate. Eugene Ehrlich's The Highly Selective Dictionary… Continue reading The Highly Selective Dictionary For The Extraordinarily Literate (1997)

Commonly Confused Words: Demur & Demure

Though demur and demure look similar and are pronounced similarly (sometimes the same),  each have a completely different meaning. Demur (verb) means: to object, or, take exception.  | "Aren't you going to try some fruitcake?" He demurred, recoiling from his dish with disgust, "You expect me to eat this? What are you trying to do, kill… Continue reading Commonly Confused Words: Demur & Demure

Words On The Rise: May, 2019

Editor's note: Words listed below are not necessarily new in any meaningful sense, but are ones which have gained sufficient popularity so as to be included in or considered by, Merriam Webster's Dictionary, the Cambridge Dictionaries, or the American Heritage Dictionary, as of 2019. New dictionary additions and considerations algocracy - noun [U] UK / US… Continue reading Words On The Rise: May, 2019