Do you find yourself searching for the right words to express what you have to say — the words that convey the meanings and associations clearly?
Bloggers aim to engage readers interest with an interesting hook. Then, in their own writer’s voice, say what they have to say with personality and clarity. Compelling error-free content is what people expect when they visit a blog and once they have visited they expect to return and read more regularly. That’s why successful bloggers improve their language use and writing skills.
Confusing Words is a collection of 3210 words that are troublesome to readers and writers. Words are grouped according to the way they are most often confused or misused. There are many ways to use Confusing Words. The goal is to help you find the word you are looking for in the fewest steps whether you know how to spell it or not.
General Dictionaries often omit words if they are too specialized, used only by professionals in a certain field of endeavor. So, if you are looking for a word that is only used in medicine, sewing, or the financial world, you need a specialty dictionary. You can google up a list and wade through them yourself, or you can go to alphaDictionary and find what you need.
Still looking for that perfect word or phrase? Try:
- Synonyms Thesaurus with Antonyms & Definitions
- rhymes, synonyms, definitions
- OneLook Reverse Dictionary – describe a concept and get back a list of words and phrases related to that concept.
The better you are at language use, the easier your writing is to read and the less chance there is of misunderstandings occurring. There are free tools online you can use like spelling and grammar checkers.
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Visuwords™ is a useful free tool for for bloggers, writers, journalists, students, teachers and artists. You can use Visuwords™ online graphical dictionary to look up words to find their meanings and associations with other words and concepts. Visuwords™ uses Princeton University’s WordNet, an opensource database built by University students and language researchers.
- Enter words into the search box to look them up or double-click a node to expand the tree.
- Click and drag the background to pan around and use the mouse wheel to zoom.
- Hover over nodes to see the definition and click and drag individual nodes to move them around to help clarify connections.
- The product is fascinating diagrams reminiscent of a neural net. I entered the word writing – click the link and see the result.
If you’d like to visit WordPress.com grammar blogs to improve your writing skills several are featured in The Daily Post article Focus On: Grammar Blogs.