Passionate about the passive voice

How dictionary-makers decide which words to include
Modern dictionaries are descriptive, not prescriptive. Words are included based on usage

English has a traditional solution to gender-neutral pronouns


NYT Copy Edit This Quiz

Test Your Readability

VitalSource: Digital textbooks

Dictation Web App

Grammar cheat sheet for clean, clear, and compelling writing
30 tips to tighten up your grammar skills

Google Ngram Viewer


Corpus of Contemporary American English

Modern States College Composition Course

Modern States College Composition Course Slides

Applications for Practicing Grammar

Slides for Writing

Drivel Defence Text by the Plain Language Campaign can simplify your writing.

Grammarly: I use this program every single day of my life.  It also tracks how much you write.
As a Google Chrome Extension

Countdown timer.  I use this to take intermittent breaks to get some exercise and to help with learning.

SelfRestraint is a program that blocks websites for a set period of time.  I use it to avoid distractions.

Natural Reader.  I use this because it reads web pages to me.  It helps prevent eye strain and provides for better comprehension and retention.
As a Chrome Extension

Anki Flash Cards
I use these because quizzing yourself with flashcards is the most effective method of learning.

Wavemaker is an online writing program designed for long documents like novels.

Oxford Learner’s Dictionary (prescriptive dictionary)

Merriam-Webster Learner’s Dictionary (prescriptive dictionary)

Legal Dictionary

Harvard’s Medical Dictionary of Health Terms: A-C

CHEMM Dictionary (Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management)

NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms
A dictionary of cancer and biomedical terms defined in non-technical language. Terms and definitions are reviewed by a multidisciplinary panel of reviewers and new terms are added each month.

NCI Dictionary of Genetics Terms
A dictionary of more than 150 genetics-related terms written for healthcare professionals. This resource was developed to support the comprehensive, evidence-based, peer-reviewed PDQ cancer genetics information summaries.

NCI Drug Dictionary
The NCI Drug Dictionary contains technical definitions and synonyms for drugs/agents used to treat patients with cancer or conditions related to cancer. Each drug entry includes links to check for clinical trials listed in NCI’s List of Cancer Clinical Trials.

USGS Dictionary of Water Terms

Linda’s Culinary Dictionary

Food Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Definitions of Health Terms: Nutrition