Rod L. Evans

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Rod L. Evans is an American philosopher, author, and lecturer who writes and speaks on ethics, religion, political philosophy, and English usage.

Evans graduated from Old Dominion University and received a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Virginia. He is currently Lecturer of Philosophy at Old Dominion University.[1]

He has published seventeen books,[1] including books about political philosophy, religion, lexicography, English usage, and recreational linguistics.


  • Alcohol and Drugs
  • Fundamentalism: Hazards and Heartbreaks[2]
  • Drug Legalization: For and Against[3]
  • The Right Words[4]
  • The Quotable Conservative[5]
  • The Gilded Tongue[6][7]
  • The Artful Nuance: A Refined Guide to Imperfectly Understood Words in the English Language[8][9]
  • Thingamajigs and Whatchamacallits[10]
  • Tyrannosaurus Lex: The Marvelous Book of...Wordplay[11][12]

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  1. ^ a b 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. ^ Evans, Rod L.; Berent, Irwin M. ; foreword by Steve Allen ; introduction by Isaac Asimov (1988). Fundamentalism : hazards and heartbreaks. La Salle, Ill.: Open Court. ISBN 0812690818.
  3. ^ Evans, Rod L.; Berent, Irwin M. (1992). Drug legalization : for and against (1. print. ed.). LaSalle, Ill.: Open Court. ISBN 0812691830.
  4. ^ Berent, Irwin M.; Evans, Rod L. (1992). The right words : the 350 best things to say to get along with people (Warner Books ed.). New York, N.Y.: Warner Books. ISBN 0446363588.
  5. ^ Evans, Rod L.; Berent, Irwin M. ; introduction by William F. Buckley ; foreword by William E. Simon (1996). The quotable conservative : the giants of conservatism on liberty, freedom, individual responsibility, and traditional values. Holbrook, Mass.: Adams Pub. ISBN 1580620566.
  6. ^ Busch, Jim (November 26, 2006). "'Gilded Tongue' will have you speaking archaically", Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, p. n/a.
  7. ^ Evans, Rod L. (2006). The gilded tongue : overly eloquent words for everyday things (1st ed.). Cincinnati, OH: Writer's Digest Books. ISBN 1582973822.
  8. ^ Ruehlmann, Bill (May 3, 2009). "A funny (or is that witty?) take on English", The Virginian-Pilot, p. E7.
  9. ^ Evans, Rod L. (2009). The artful nuance : a refined guide to imperfectly understood words in the English language (1st ed.). New York: Perigee. ISBN 0399534822.
  10. ^ Evans, Rod L. (2011). Thingamajigs and Whatchamacallits: Unfamiliar Terms for Familiar Things. New York: Perigee, an imprint of the Penguin Group. ISBN 978-0-399-53672-4.
  11. ^ Evans, Rod L. (2012). Tyrannosaurus lex : the marvelous book of palindromes, anagrams, and other delightful and outrageous wordplay (1st ed.). New York: Perigee Book. ISBN 039953749X.
  12. ^ Watson, Denise (11 June 2012). "ODU professor writes 'Lady Gaga' of word books". Virginian-Pilot. Retrieved 22 June 2017.