When was a word first used in print? You may be surprised. Merriam-Webster lets you look up a certain year and it will list all the words that first appeared in print in that year.
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Proofread your text and check for repetitive words, passive voice, cliches, readability issues, and more. DraftMap also comes with an extension to proofread your Gmail messages before you send them.
Kindersay is a free online video website designed to help preschool kids & English as Second Language (ESL) children learn English words. Hundreds of online activities are available in a special Word Show format.
Professor Word is a service that can help students learn new SAT and ACT vocabulary words. Professor Word operates as a browser bookmarklet in Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari. When you're reading a web page, click on the Professor Word bookmarklet to quickly identify SAT and ACT vocabulary words on that page. You can also use Professor Word to get definitions for any unfamiliar word on a webpage. To get a definition just highlight the word a small dialogue box containing the definition will appear.
Wordle is a toy for generating word clouds from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes.
Onestopenglish is a community set up for EFL/ESL teachers to share methodologies, resources, lesson plans, and information about teaching conditions in different countries and regions around the world.