|A Handbook of Rhetorical Devices
Description:This book contains definitions and examples of more than sixty traditional rhetorical devices, all of which can still be useful today to improve the effectiveness, clarity, and enjoyment of your writing.
Description:At Collins Cobuild you'll find many Enlish language resources all centered around the Bank of English. What is the Bank of English? "The Bank of English is a collection of samples of modern English language held on computer for analysis of words, meanings, grammar and usage. In linguistics and lexicography such a collection is termed a corpus." In October 2000 it consisted of 415 million words -not unique words, but samples of the English language from diverse sources. Lexicographers and linguists use the Bank to assist them in analyzing the current meanings of words. Collins Cobuild is department of Harper-Collins in conjunction with the University of Birminham in the United Kingdom.
Resources: Idiom of the Day, Wordwatch (weekly commentary on current English), and The Definitions Game. You can also enter the Cobuild Competition. The current competition ends February 28. 30 lines are taken from the Bank of English each with the same word missing from the middle of the line. Figure out the missing word and submit your entry. The winner is selected at random from all the correct entrys and receives a free Collins Cobuild English Dictionary.
|Fun Building Vocabulary
Description:This free vocabulary building site has the best collection of word games. The crossword puzzle builder is the best on the web. You can play online or create printable worksheets of the crosswords.
|Fun With Words!
Description:Do you know what to call a collection of geese? Elephants? Find out here! This site offers a list of collective nouns for everything!
|Learn Vocabulary Can Be Fun
Description:Six flash based games to improve student's English vocabulary. The games include Hangman, Word search, Match Game, The Vocabulary Quiz, Crossword Puzzles
Description:A place for word lovers to play. Play Word Prospector. This is an online game that word play and game lovers of all stripes should enjoy. Each week you get a new "word mine", which will be a 10-letter word such as PROSPECTOR. The idea is that you have to find as many 4-, 5-, and 6-letter words hidden within the word mine as you can. For example, PROSPECTOR contains the 4-letter words PROP and COST, the 5-letter words PROSE and SPORT, and so on. You get 1 point for each letter, and the person with the most points at the end of the week is the winner.
|Richard Lederer's Verbivore
Description:This site is great fun for anyone in love with words. I'll let Lederer tell you about the site himself. "Welcome to the web site woven for wordaholics, logolepts, and verbivores. Carnivores eat meat; herbivores eat plants and vegetables; verbivores devour words. If you are heels over head (as well as head over heels) in love with words, tarry here awhile to graze or, perhaps, feast on the English language. Ours is the only language in which you drive in a parkway and park in a driveway and your nose can run and your feet can smell." After you've looked at the selected sites we've listed here, you'll want to work your way through the extensive list of language links found at Verbivore.
Description:Exactly what it says: tons of similes to help you with your speaking and writing!
|The Wacky World of Words
Description:Solve the simple word games found on this site (there are quite a few), then use the rules for each game to make your own.
|Vocabulary Learning Fun
Description:The vocabulary games and tests are organized in hundreds of categories. You can play vocabulary games for each grade level or by subjects as diverse as kitchen words, red words, dolch words, or baseball words. There are vocabulary words and crossword puzzles.
Description:Online vocabulary games.
|Wilton's Word & Phrase Origins
Description:Ever wondered where the phrase "Pull the Wool Over His Eyes" originated? do you have a burning desire to read A (Very) Brief History of the English Language? Fear not. Wilton's Word & Phrase Origins has provided these and other useful word orgin resources.
|Word of the Day
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