Paul Dickson

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For the American football player, see Paul Dickson (American football).
Dickson in 2009.

Paul Dickson (born in Yonkers, New York) is a freelance writer of more than 50 non-fiction books, mostly on American English language and popular culture. He has written many articles on a wide variety of subjects. He is a founding member and former president of Washington Independent Writers and a member of the National Press Club.[1][2][3] Dickson coined the term "word word".[4]

For his published work on baseball, the Washington Post has described Dickson as "baseball's answer to Noah Webster or, at the very least, William Safire."[5]

Dickson graduated from Wesleyan University in 1961. He resides in Garrett Park, Maryland.[6]

Select Bibliography[edit]

  • Think Tanks (1971)
  • The Great American Ice Cream Book, Atheneum Books (1973)
  • The New Official Rules, Addison-Wesley; (September 1990), ISBN 978-0-201-55090-0
  • Slang! The Topic-by-Topic Dictionary of Contemporary American Lingoes (1990) (updated and expanded, 1998)
  • Dickson's Word Treasury: A Connoisseur's Collection of Old and New, Weird and Wonderful, Useful and Outlandish Words, John Wiley & Sons Inc; Revised edition (March 1992), ISBN 978-0-471-55168-3
  • What's in a Name?: Reflections of an Irrepressible Name Collector, Merriam-Webster; (October 1996), ISBN 978-0-87779-613-8
  • Labels for Locals: What to Call People from Abilene to Zimbabwe, Merriam-Webster; (1997), ISBN 0-87779-616-5 (Reissued Collins, 2006, ISBN 0-06-088164-X)
  • The New Dickson Baseball Dictionary, Harvest Books (February 15, 1999), ISBN 978-0-15-600580-7
  • The Bonus Army: An American Epic, with Thomas Allen, Walker & Company (December 1, 2004)
  • Slang: The Topical Dictionary of Americanisms, Walker & Company (October 3, 2006), ISBN 978-0-8027-1531-9
  • Sputnik: The Shock of the Century, Walker & Company (June 26, 2007), ISBN 978-0-8027-1365-0
  • The Dickson Baseball Dictionary, W. W. Norton & Company (March, 2009), ISBN 978-0-393-06681-4
  • Drunk: The Definitive Drinker's Dictionary, Melville House (October, 2009), ISBN 978-1-933633-75-6
  • The Dickson Baseball Dictionary (pbk), W. W. Norton & Company (June, 2011), ISBN 978-0-393-34008-2
  • Bill Veeck: Baseball's Greatest Maverick, Walker & Company (April 24, 2012), ISBN 0802717780
  • Words from the White House: Words and Phrases Coined or Popularized by America's Presidents, Walker & Company (January 8, 2013), ISBN 0802743803
  • Authorisms: Words Wrought by Writers Bloomsbury USA (April 22, 2014), ISBN 1620405407


  1. ^ "Paul Dickson Biography". 
  2. ^ ""A Chat With Paul Dickson", Wordsmith Chat, Sep 26, 2006". 
  3. ^ ""Paul Dickson, Washington Journalist", The Globalist". 
  4. ^ The Oxford Companion to the English Language. Oxford University Press. 1992. p. 1127. ISBN 0-19-214183-X. 
  5. ^ "BOOK REVIEW: 'The Dickson Baseball Dictionary' - Washington Times". The Washingtion Times. 
  6. ^ Dickson, Paul (2006). Labels for Locals: What to Call People from Abilene to Zimbabwe. New York: HarperCollins Publishers. ISBN 978-0-06-088164-1. 

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