is the place to go for information about my working life in lexicography,
lexical research, NLP, writing, and other stuff I do for money. I am currently lecturing at
CU Boulder and intermittently doing research at Institute of Cognitive Science (Palmer Lab). But there still may be time for me to do exciting things for you.
I'm a student of Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Ajahn Geoff), abbot of
Metta Forest Monastery. His hundreds of Dhamma talks online are for the good and gain of all. Check 'em out! If you are interested in joining a weekly meditation group in Niwot, CO, please email me (see bottom of this page). Put 'Meditation' in the subject line. You can also join the Forest Dhamma Meditation Group on Meetup.com, which will send you reminders of opportunities to practice in Niwot and in Denver.
Statistics from Google reveal that most people get to the page you're
looking at by searching the phrase "who owns english".
Here's why! An essay I wrote a few years ago:
Man does not live by lexicography and alone, and for that, there is this other writing: some of it not available anywhere but on this link!
You can buy books that I've written (thereby contributing to my modest income stream and perhaps helping to obviate an undignified descent into geriatric poverty) on Amazon.com! Most of them are on this link.
I'm a card-carrying member, and also past-president of the
Dictionary Society of North America.
You, too, can become a card-carrying member of the Dictionary Society
(the One True Way to show your love of dictionaries) by visiting its blog. While there, think about the excitement that may be in store if you attend the biennial conference of the DSNA. The next one (2017) is in Barbados. Think about it.
If you want to check out pictures I've taken
(as I grapple with a smarter-than-me digital camera)
you can go to Orin's (a.k.a. Oculator's) page at Flickr.com
You can read my monthly column on words and language if you take out a very modestly priced subscription to The Visual Thesaurus. Thousands do! If you're on a budget, most of my older columns are archived for free at Vocabulary.com. You can also read some of my posts about language on the blog of Macmillan Dictionaries.
I sing with Seicento Baroque Ensemble, the swellest (to my mind) choir in Boulder. We sing and the audience weeps. Usually in a good way. Check out our concert schedule here. I also sing with Colorado Masterworks Chorus when my schedule permits. Do you need a choir for hire? Seek no further.
Do you like pictures of cats? Of course you do, this is the Internet. If you follow me on Instagram, all you will ever see is my two darlings,
Sergio (the bobtail) and Charlotte (the high-maintenance Siamese).
Are we related? If your surname is Hargraves and you live in or have ancestors in
the swampy places of SE Texas or SW Louisiana, there's a pretty good chance of it.
Other names I research, with intermittent success and several frustrating dead ends,
are Garrison, Haner, Huff, Ragland, Taylor, Watson, Wyley. I have a public profile on the personal genomic service 23andMe where, if you are a member, you will be able to see immediately if we share a (no doubt, obscure) common ancestor. You can also explore my family tree on WikiTree.
Are we connected? If we should be, here's my LinkedIn Profile. I'm flattered by invitations to connect from people I do not know, but I don't usually accept them--especially if they just say "please add me to your LinkedIn network" (because, why?). Just email me directly (see below) if you want to get in touch.
Facebook? Yeah, what a great place to squander minutes! I'm happy to connect there with old friends (high school, college, London, Morocco, Peace Corps, etc.) and new friends:
My page (subject to periodic adjustments) on Facebook
I don't post a lot on Google + and if you add me to your circles,
you'll hardly know I'm there.
In many situations, my Mr. Know-It-All tendency is a handicap to me,
and an irritation to others. But now there is Quora!
If you want to talk to me or propose something unusual, start here!
I have had to remove the direct email link because of the unconscionable amount of spam it brings in. Please write to me at orinhargraves at gmail dot com. Thanks!
This is Abdul. He has a gift for you.
Thanks, and see ya later! I appreciate notice of any broken links on this page.