Etymology – How to check if your word was used in your historical setting (I check these sites and this book)
Google Books Advanced Book Search – I put the words or phrases I’m looking for and then in the ‘Publication Date’ area I input the time of my setting as the last possible date, then press Google Search. This will show me not only if that word/phrase shows up in books before that time period but if they used it in the manner I want to use it.
Google Ngram Viewer – You can get a quick idea if a phrase/word is used in what time period. It’s basically taking Google Books Advanced Book search and instead of showing you what it pulls up, it charts the frequency of use in old books.
English Through the Ages – this is the only book besides a big unabridged dictionary that I find useful for this.
This web site gives you different ways to say some common verbs.
Here are three online tools to find words and phrases you overuse:
Wordle – shows most used words in a word cloud.
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