Orin Hargraves

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Orin Hargraves is an American lexicographer and writer. His language reference works include Mighty Fine Words and Smashing Expressions: Making Sense of Transatlantic English (Oxford University Press, 2002), Slang Rules!: A Practical Guide for English Learners (Merriam-Webster, 2008), and (with Willard Espy) Words to Rhyme With: A Rhyming Dictionary (2nd edition; Facts on File, 2006). In addition he has contributed definitions and other material to dictionaries and other language reference works issued by Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Longman, Macmillan, HarperCollins, Chambers Harrap, Langenscheidt, Berlitz, Scholastic Corporation, and Merriam-Webster, among others.

Biography[edit]

Orin Knight Hargraves was born September 14, 1953 in Denver, Colorado. He spent most of his childhood in Creede, Colorado and graduated with honors from the University of Chicago in 1977, concentrating in philosophy, language and literature. He served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Morocco where he taught English in a government lycée. Later he worked in the publishing software industry in Chicago and London. He began his career in lexicography in 1991 in London. He joined the Dictionary Society of North America in 1993 and was elected its vice president/president elect in 2009. He now resides in Carroll County, Maryland.

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Language Reference[edit]

  • Slang Rules!: A Practical Guide for English Learners (2008) (ISBN 0-8777-9682-3)
  • The Big Book of Spelling Tests (2007) (ISBN 1-5791-2696-0)
  • Spell It! (study guide for the Scripps National Spelling Bee (2006-8)
  • Words to Rhyme With: A Rhyming Dictionary (co-author with Willard Espy) (2006)(ISBN 0-8160-6304-4)
  • New Words (Editor) (2004)(ISBN 0-1951-7282-5)
  • Cucurbits (article in English Today October 2004) (ISSN 0266-0784)
  • Long Distance Lexicography: a View from the Field (article in Dictionaries 2004) (ISSN 0197-6745)
  • Who Owns English? (article in The Vocabula Review, June 2003)
  • Mighty Fine Words and Smashing Expressions: Making Sense of Transatlantic English (2002)(ISBN 0-1951-5704-4)

Selected Dictionaries and Other Reference Works Contributed to[edit]

Other Writing[edit]