April 5, 1967
|Occupation||Writer, speaker, columnist, software engineer|
Anu Garg (born April 5, 1967) is an American author and speaker. He is also founder of Wordsmith.org, an online community comprising word lovers from an estimated 200 countries. His books explore the joy of words. He has authored several books about language-related issues for magazines and newspapers. He was a columnist for MSN Encarta and Kahani magazine.
Garg was born in rural India. His schooling took place under a mango tree, his classroom consisting of a few broken sticks of chalk and a blackboard made by painting a flat piece of wood with soot. The only language he knew was Hindi, and he did not see a library until college. Garg graduated from Harcourt Butler Technological Institute in Computer Science in 1988. He lives in the Seattle area with his wife, Stuti and daughter, Ananya. Garg became a naturalized US citizen in 2008. He is a vegan.
He started his career from United States to receive graduate studies in Computer Science at Case Western Reserve University, and then worked as a computer scientist at AT&T and other corporations. He founded Wordsmith.org in 1994, during his graduate work. In 2010, the number of subscribers to Wordsmith.org's "A Word A Day" email list reached one million.
- Garg, Anu; Garg, Stuti (2002). A Word A Day: A Romp Through Some of the Most Unusual and Intriguing Words in English. Wiley. ISBN 978-0471230328.
- Garg, Anu (2005). Another Word A Day : An All-new Romp through Some of the Most Unusual and Intriguing Words in English. Wiley. ISBN 978-0471718451.
- Garg, Anu (2007). The Dord, the Diglot, and an Avocado or Two: The Hidden Lives and Strange Origins of Common and Not-So-Common Words. Plume. ISBN 978-0452288614.
- Hafner, Katie (2002-11-28). "A Word of the Day Keeps Banality at Bay". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-07-01.
- "Kahani". Retrieved 2008-07-30.
- "Anu Garg's Resume". Wordsmith.org. Retrieved 2012-04-25.
- "Sign up to be a poll judge". Seattlepi.com. 2008-11-02. Retrieved 2013-02-02.
- "On Food: Wordsmith delves into the origins of food-related terms". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved 2008-03-19.
- "Log-o-phil-ia Is Addictive". Smithsonian. 2000-12-01. Archived from the original on 2007-07-03. Retrieved 2007-07-01.
- Hauser, Susan G. (September 26, 2001). "A Word a Day – Say, 'Gasconade' – Keeps Boredom at Bay". The Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on January 24, 2002.