by Aspen Schrupp, junior writing coach
You’re at your desk furiously typing away as you add the final touches to your essay that’s due in less than two hours. You’re almost done with your conclusion paragraph when it happens: you’re in the middle of a sentence and you blank on the word you’re looking for. You pause and allow yourself to think, until panic sets in. You know you know this word, yet it eludes you. Ultimately, and unfortunately, you cannot think of the word, so you must either a) rephrase the sentence or b) choose the second best, but not nearly as perfect of a fit, word.
Well, don’t let these small things slow you down any longer! Here are some of the best websites that will get you out of even the biggest memory lapse:
- Thesaurus (https://www.thesaurus.com)
While this first one may be obvious, it is a must to include! This thesaurus lists numerous synonyms for any and all kinds of words along with- *drum roll*- phrases! Not too many other thesauruses, or websites in general, will give you synonyms for short phrases, so this is a good tool to have in your back pocket.
2. WordHippo (https://www.wordhippo.com)
Although this website also serves as a thesaurus, it can do lots of other things, too! Have you ever known the opposite of the word you were trying to say? If so, WordHippo is for you! WordHippo can give you the antonyms of words, and if you’re a poet, it can also help you find words that rhyme. Plus, if you’re not sure how to use a word in context, type it into WordHippo, and it will give you examples!
3. Writer’s Web (http://writing2.richmond.edu/writing/wweb/trans1.html)
This website is a lifesaver! If you’re anything like me, you use “therefore” way too much and “however” out of context, but do not fear! Writer’s Web provides a bunch of transition words all grouped into categories to help make your writing flow!
4. Tip of My Tongue (http://chir.ag/projects/tip-of-my-tongue/)
If there is a word you simply cannot remember, Tip of My Tongue was made for you. I recently found out about this website, and it’s super cool! You can type in things such as “sounds like,” “starts with,” and “means” to find the word you’re thinking of!
With these websites in mind, go! Write your essay! Discover the power of a really good thesaurus!