Orin Hargraves: the Cyberhome

One-stop shopping for everything you might want to do to, for, or with him.

with Carmen

Business before pleasure:
  My online resume (or CV if you call it that)

is the place to go for information about my working life in lexicography, 
lexical research, NLP, teaching, writing, and other stuff I do for money. You might also enjoy a friendlier overview of what I do here, in a profile about me in my alumni magazine.

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:

Who Owns English?

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!

Orin's Oeuvre Groove

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.

Medium.com is where I post essays that I think might be of interest to a wider audience. If you read them and "clap", it may result in little droplets of money coming my way. I will love you for this.
I run the Twitter account @SeamstressSLV, which tweets the diary (1936-1939, with some gaps) of Ethel Watson Wyley. You can learn more about Ethel and her world here. She's in her 80s in the picture above, which was taken in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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, which is
the One True Way to show your love of dictionaries, by visiting its blog

If you want to check out pictures I've taken
(using 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 there for freeYou can also read some of my posts about language on the blog of Macmillan Dictionaries.

I sing with various Boulder choirs: at present, Cantabile and Boulder Bach Festival chorus. They both make the audience weep. Usually in a good way. Check out their concert schedules on the links provided.



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 name 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 (because, you know, Cajuns). 

Other names I research, with intermittent success and several frustrating brick walls, 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. My GEDMatch kit no. is M352409. I manage kit nos. M043835, M096795, and M301591, which belong to relatives. You can also explore my family tree on WikiTree. Or start your own tree there, because it's the best place to do it.

Are we professionally connected? If we should be, here's my LinkedIn profile. Former students are especially welcome, It's always wonderful to see how wildly successful you have become. 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, CU after you have left my classroom, etc.) and new friends. If you don't already know me, please don't try to start our acquaintance by sending me a friend invitation on Facebook. Send me an email instead (see below).

I used to answer questions frequently on Quora, before it became a Potemkin Village of low-quality information. But I stand by the answers I have provided on topics including lexicography, dictionaries, meditation, Colorado, NLP, and a few others.

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.