Vocabula Review

A recent post shows that severalreaders are still interested in the accuracy of language:  English grammar, spelling, usage, etc. The same concerns exist in most other languages but my recommendation of the Vocabula Review only addresses questions about English.

The Vocabula Review

A reasonably priced subscription to The Vocabula Review brings you an online monthly newsletter with a varying selection of excellent and fun articles on the proper use of the English language. There are also many great books written by the authors of the Review thatn can add even further to improving writing and avoiding those awful, embarrassing mistakes which a good editor will circle and have a good laugh over at cocktails after work. I have been reading Vocabula Review for several years now and since I have a lifetime subscription, I hope to receive it for many years to come.

One real advantage to a subscription to Vocabula Review is that you get access to all the back issues and since the Review started in 1999, that’s a lot of good advice waiting to help you improve your use of the language…over 160 issues!

The Vocabula Review for August is the current issue. Just to give an idea of what it is all about, here is an partial listing of the various articles and features in just one issue:

Featured Essays

  • Ball Talk — John Kilgore
  • Primitive Primers: Early English Grammars — Clark Elder Morrow
  • House Parts: Their Names and Word Origins, Part 1 of 4 — Bill Casselman
  • Fiction: An Improbable Fiction: The Language of Shakespeare — Skip Eisiminger
  • The Humanness of Language — Richard Lederer
  • Book Excerpt: The Dimwit’s Dictionary, Third Edition — Robert Hartwell Fiske
  • Vocabula Revisited: Bad Writing Kills — Christopher D. Ringwald

Departments and Diversions

  • Gotcha Grammar
  • Newly Coined Words
  • Definition a Day Quiz
  • Random Definitions
  • Take Revenge on Fiske
  • Vocabula Quizzes
  • Word Unscrambler
  • The Best Words
  • The Worst Words

You should travel on over to The Vocabula Review and read an expanded view of its contents. Consider subscribing for your own benefit and improvement (I am only a reader and get no further benefit from the Review).


Unfortunately, The Vocabula Review is no more; however, there are several books available from Robert Hartwell Fiske to improve one’s writing skill and accurate usage of the English language.

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