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Style guides are used by writers to keep up with changes to the language. Also for improving their own use of the language (words, phrases and grammar) in their writing. Often newspapers put out a style guide for their writers and editors.

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11 Rules of Writing
Concise guide to some of the most frequently violated rules of writing, punctuation, and grammar.
A.Word.ADay
The music and magic of words. This is the website for the mailing list A.Word.A.Day (AWAD), which sends a vocabulary word and its definition to the subscribers every day.
Bartleby.com: Strunk's Element of Style (1918)
For use in English courses in which the practice of composition is combined with the study of literature. It aims to give in brief space the principal requirements of plain English style.
The Book of Cliches
A compilation of common phrases, euphemisms, and rationales for times of trouble. Organized by occasion.
Cliche Finder
Special tool word-searches 3,300 cliches.
Cliche Web
Thousands of cliches. Fully searchable and interactive. Formerly Steve's Cliche List. Since 1995.
Common Errors in English
Catalogue of writing or speaking mistakes and easily confusable words, with corrections.
The Economist Style Guide
Guide based on the style book given to all journalists at The Economist.
English Guides
A guide to English grammar. Also links to punctuation, spelling, vocabulary, and writing guides.
Exploring English
An online tutorial for the parts of speech with style notes for the English Language.
Grammar Slammer
This help file indexes style and usage, capitalization, abbreviations, punctuation, letter writing, common mistakes and a grammar glossary.
The Guardian - Style Guide
Guide to word usage, grammar and punctuation for The Guardian and Observer. UK.
Guide to Grammar and Style
The information ranges from copy editing to elements of style to discussions. Practical information about the writing craft.
Guide to Grammar and Writing
Digital handouts on grammar and English usage. From subject-verb agreement and use of articles to exercises in parallel structures and argumentative essays. You can submit questions about grammar and writing.
Guides for Better Science Writing
Bibliography of style manuals for scientific research, writing, and presentation. Guides for biology, medicine, chemistry, engineering, geology, and mathematics.
Lingo Factory
A cooperative effort to coin useable terms and then trick people into using them regularly as though they are real words.
Linguistic Phenomena/Devices
A list of lesser-known features in English writing. Hendiadys, holonyms, and hypernyms.
Modern Language Association
The Modern Language Association is the official guide to non-fiction writing. Includes a guide to MLA style.
NoodleBib - The MLA Bibliography Composer
A free tool to create, edit, and save your MLA-style bibliography online, then publish it to a Web page, email it, or save it as RTF and open it in Microsoft Word.
Online Classes in Rhetoric, University of Minnesota
The University of Minnesota offers a number of Internet correspondence courses in rhetoric. Sign up here.
Pataphysics, Pataphors and Pataphorology
An extended metaphor that creates its own context. A science invented by P.A. Lopez and derived from the science of 'pataphysics as described by Alfred Jarry.
The Philosophy of Punctuation
Paul Robinson's classic essay on periods, commas, semicolons, dashes.
Phrases Thesaurus
A generator of headlines and copy for journalists. Enter a word and the database is searched to provide a list of phrases related to that word.
Plain English Campaign
An independent group fighting for plain English in public communication. We oppose gobbledygook, jargon and legalese.
Plain Language Action Network
Promoting clearer communication between the public and government. This site has resources for writers to attain that goal.
Pseudo Dictionary
The dictionary for words that wouldn't make it into dictionaries.
Simile Stack
Collection of searchable similes. Useful for writers, editors, bloggers, and anyone looking to add some depth to their writing.
Slang City
Writing about American slang.
Society for the Preservation of English Language and Literature
Bimonthly publication, SPELL/Binder, contains articles on grammar, usage, word origins, and other subjects of interest to language lovers.
The Sports Cliche List
A large, searchable collection of sports cliches, lingo, and jargon.
The Tongue Untied
Grammar, punctuation and style for journalists.
Tribe: Linguistics
Group for discussions of words and language.
Tribe: Word Freaks
Group for people who love discussing words and writing style.
Tribe: Words of Power
For people who love words, use them, feel them in their mouths as flavorful bursts of energy. This is the tribe for fun with words and receptive learning.
Urban Dictionary
A veritable cornucopia of streetwise lingo, posted and defined by its readers.
Verbivore
Richard Lederer's page, with contact information and a handful of his language-loving articles.
The Visual Thesaurus
An exploration of sense relationships within the English language. By clicking on words, you follow a thread of meaning, creating a spatial map of linguistic associations.
Web Typography
The elements of typographic style applied to the web.
The Well Bred Sentence
Online book offering an intensive course in sentence construction and punctuation.
The Word Centre
Consulting firm dedicated to training businesses to use plain English. Free newsletter and professional editing services.
The Word Detective
The online version of the newspaper column answering readers' questions about words and language. An extensive column and word archive. Written by Evan Morris.
Word Fugitives
An interactive column by The Atlantic's Barbara Wallraff. Discovers needs in our language and recommends new words to fill them.
Word Lab
A message board where you can request and brainstorm words, names, titles, coinages, puns, phrases, slogans and slang.
The Word Nerds
A weekly podcast about words, language, and why we say the things we do.
Word News
Efforts have been made to provide some of the best thoughts, ancient and modern, that are particularly appealing for our time and to promote a greater appreciation for the English language.
Word Quests
Word lists that provide thematic units of English words derived from Latin and Greek sources.
Word Spy
The word lover's web site by Paul McFedries.
Wordelizer
Delve deeply into a word or subject. Quick search of several word and language related sites.
WordWizard
Portal for word lovers. Learn about word meanings, slang, quotations, insults, and famous authors. Wordwizard offers a round trip across the English language.
World Wide Words
Explores the history, evolution byways, quirks, and curiosities of the English language. New and recent words and phrases are often featured, as are books on aspects of English. A weekly newsletter is sent by e-mail and RSS.
Writer's Dreamtools
A series of useful tools to enhance writers' and students' creativity, spark ideas and fight writer's block.
WritingDEN
Interactive site created to help students improve English reading, writing and listening skills.
Yale Style Manual
For the design of Web pages and Web sites. Covers graphic and information design, page layout, Web graphics, site organization, navigation, and Web multimedia content.
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