Here are four websites that will help you build your vocabulary, in order of value to business writers:
- Word of the Day – Learn a new word every day at Merriam-Webster Online. This site is most useful because the words chosen are valuable for precision in business writing.
- Dictionary.com’s Word of the Day – another site similar to Merriam-Webster. (I just learned from Blue Pencil Editing that Dictionary.com has an application available for the iPhone and iPod Touch for easy mobile access.)
- Vocabulary Tests – Take quizzes and make your own vocabulary lists at Vocaboly.com.
- Free Rice – Presents more obscure words, but very valuable since this organization donates rice to the World Hunger Fund for each word you define correctly. It’s a wonderful charity and concept, but be warned – this site can be addictive!