Dictionaries do more than offer writers and editors spelling advice. They detail shades of meaning, offer grammar and usage advice, list word histories, and more. For consistency, you should choose one dictionary to be your main dictionary, using other dictionaries to debate questions. Which dictionary should I choose?
Language changes with its continued use, but changes–and acceptance of the changes–change happen slowly. A usage guide answers readers questions on whether a specific usage has changed, how accepted it is, and some common errors in usage. Tell me about some popular usage guides.