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31 March 2011 @ 02:44 pm
Spelling, Grammar, and Punctuation References  
I'll share a few places that I've found myself constantly returning to when writing:

1. The Oatmeal: Semicolon - an entertaining, but informative piece about how to use semicolons. Also be sure to check out their other sections: How to use an Apostrophe; Ten words you need to stop Misspelling; and When to use i.e. in a sentence. **I've shared these with some of my previous high school students, before I started teaching elementary - and I did 'edit' them a bit for appropriate age levels.

2. Grammar Girl: Quick and Dirty Tips - excellent source of information! I love the examples and I'm following her on Twitter because I love to be in "the know".

3. Google.com - as stupid as it is, I ♥ Google. All I do is type in: Definition: ____________ (whatever word I'm looking for) and ta-da, I get a wonderful meaning for the word, and I even find out then if I spelt the word wrong! I like to use this when I think I know what word I want to use, but I need to make double sure I truly understand the meaning of it.

4. British Canadian American Spelling - I edit a lot of work, and many of my clients (I use the term loosely, as this is a free thing I do on the side) are American. I have to make sure I am using their American spellling when editing. While doing my own, I use the Canadian spelling and British.

5. Synonym.com - awesome site that I frequent when I can't quite remember the word I wanted to use. Very useful when writing stories and hating the word "said".

Do you have any favourite sites or paper resources that help with spelling, grammar, or punctuation?
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Katekatemacetak on March 31st, 2011 08:47 pm (UTC)
The Owl at Purdue is my go to source for grammar.

"Elements of Style" by Strunk and White has to be the best grammar book.
PaintedTeacherLadydivinitus on March 31st, 2011 11:58 pm (UTC)
♥ the Elements of Style!!!

I'm off to check out Owl at Purdue - I'm always in need of a new source. Thanks!
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PaintedTeacherLadydivinitus on April 1st, 2011 12:01 am (UTC)
It is amazing what Google can do now!
cloned_fiction: kaylee sexycloned_fiction on April 1st, 2011 01:43 am (UTC)
All I do is type in: Definition: ____________

Ha! I do that all the time too. And a kind of bad percentage of the time I was totally wrong on the meaning...

You linked all the grammar resources I use (not counting my friends :P) But I hadn't heard of synonym.com. That is going to massively come in handy, thanks! :D

As for hating the word said, though: http://www.bukisa.com/articles/252839_550-alternative-words-for-said

But I warn you. Using that resource in the past has given me a major problem with using words other than said far too frequently (for some people's taste, I don't like the word at all, but most people prefer that you don't use an abundance of synonyms for it).

PaintedTeacherLadydivinitus on April 1st, 2011 03:43 pm (UTC)
Ooo - I'm so bookmarking that site! Lovely stuff!

And you are completely correct about the overuse of synonyms for the word Said. Sometimes we have to respect the fact that a character just says things sometimes. :)