Rod L. Evans

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Rod L. Evans is an American author, lecturer, and philosopher who writes and speaks on ethics, English usage, and practical political philosophy. He graduated from Old Dominion University, and earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Virginia. He is Lecturer of Philosophy at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.[1]

Evans has published seventeen books[1] in several subjects, including English usage, recreational linguistics, lexicography, trivia, political philosophy, and religion. The following persons have written introductions or forewords for Evans's books: Isaac Asimov, William F. Buckley, Paul Simon (the late U.S. senator), Linus Pauling, Hugh Downs, Steve Allen, and Betty White. The following persons have endorsed his books: Milton Friedman, Walter Williams, Dr. Thomas Szasz, Albert Ellis, Ken Jennings (Jeopardy! champion), Joe Edley (Scrabble champion), and Tyler Hinman (Crossword puzzle champion).

He has won two teaching awards[citation needed], has earned an entry in Who's Who in America[citation needed], and is a member of Mensa and the Triple Nine Society[citation needed].

Partial bibliography[edit]

  • Alcohol and Drugs
  • Fundamentalism: Hazards and Heartbreaks
  • Drug Legalization: For and Against
  • The Right Words
  • The Quotable Conservative
  • The Gilded Tongue[2]
  • The Artful Nuance: A Refined Guide to Imperfectly Understood Words in the English Language[3]
  • Thingamajigs and Whatchamacallits: Unfamiliar Terms for Familiar Things[1]

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  1. ^ a b c Stevens, Heidi (June 25, 2011). "Had any trouble with your meat hand lately?: Author shares the skinny on 'satyriasis,' 'hypergamy' and other puzzling terms", Chicago Tribune, p. 16.
  2. ^ Busch, Jim (November 26, 2006). "'Gilded Tongue' will have you speaking archaically", Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, p. n/a.
  3. ^ Ruehlmann, Bill (May 3, 2009). "A funny (or is that witty?) take on English", The Virginian-Pilot, p. E7.