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Posted: 12/19/2005 12:42:36 PM EDT
What is the best English dictionary out there?

Also, can someone recommend a good grammar/English usage manual for college-level writing?
Link Posted: 12/19/2005 1:13:37 PM EDT
Reading a lot (and writing) is the best way to learn proper grammar, vocabulary and writing. I never did much studying with vocabulary, spelling books or dictionaries. I really don't believe in learning through study. It can help, but it is much more effective to learn by doing.
Link Posted: 12/19/2005 1:18:32 PM EDT
The kind of manual that will be most useful to you depends heavily on the the type of writing you expect to be doing. Technical writing in engineering courses is very different from creative writing or critical writing. However, the basic rules of grammar and punctuation will generally apply to all types of college-level writing.

I learned 95% of what I know about proper English grammar, usage and puctuation in public grade school. YMMV.
Link Posted: 12/19/2005 1:22:20 PM EDT
I use the Voight-Kampff dictionary. It's pretty good except that it has 238 synonyms for "tortoise."

Seriously, if you read frequently, incorrect spelling and usage just leap out at you.
Link Posted: 12/19/2005 1:31:46 PM EDT
W.R.T. grammar I used this book in college and found it to be a good resource:

www.amazon.com/gp/product/0321103505/qid=1135031409/sr=8-1/ref=pd_bbs_1/102-2264547-1735343?n=507846&s=books&v=glance

However the one that I used was quite a lot older than this (15 yrs) and I don't remember the edition number.

Evidently there is also an online resource that I haven't explored:

occawlonline.pearsoned.com/bookbind/pubbooks/aaronlbh_awl/chapter97/deluxe.html
Link Posted: 12/19/2005 1:34:26 PM EDT

Originally Posted By ken_mays:
I use the Voight-Kampff dictionary. It's pretty good except that it has 238 synonyms for "tortoise."

Seriously, if you read frequently, incorrect spelling and usage just leap out at you.

My mother? Lemme tell you about my mother!
Link Posted: 12/19/2005 1:34:30 PM EDT
Elements of Style, by Strunk and White. Focus is on grammar and usage. Not huge either, little more than pocket-sized.

Yes this post is full of fragments. Deal.
Link Posted: 12/19/2005 2:34:21 PM EDT

Originally Posted By ken_mays:
I use the Voight-Kampff dictionary. It's pretty good except that it has 238 synonyms for "tortoise."




What's a "tortoise?"
Link Posted: 12/19/2005 3:35:22 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/19/2005 3:37:55 PM EDT by JeffC]

Originally Posted By JavaMan:

Originally Posted By ken_mays:
I use the Voight-Kampff dictionary. It's pretty good except that it has 238 synonyms for "tortoise."




What's a "tortoise?"



[Holden]You know what a turtle is? Same thing.[/Holden]
Link Posted: 12/19/2005 3:39:13 PM EDT

Originally Posted By ken_mays:
I use the Voight-Kampff dictionary. It's pretty good except that it has 238 synonyms for "tortoise."

Seriously, if you read frequently, incorrect spelling and usage just leap out at you.



And by "read frequently" he doesn't mean arfcom gen. discussion threads!
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