It's the last day of the year and the first time I'm trying a blog. The word book I'm writing right now includes the word portmanteau. I would say that the word blog is itself a portmanteau. Would you agree?
I am the author of three books on language,"Wicked Good Words," "Smart Words" and "Words at Work." In addition to writing professionally, I consider myself a well-practiced eavesdropper on the English language. I would love to hear from fellow word lovers.
(And if you have a dachshund, that's great, too. We have a mini—Finlay—who rules our lives. We wouldn't have it any other way.)
I am also the founding editor of Levenger Press, a boutique publisher that specializes in collector-edition books. In one way or another, the books all celebrate words and language. Some are vocabulary books, others contain the words of some of the people who were masters of the language: Winston Churchill, Robert Louis Stevenson, Alexis de Tocqueville, Samuel Johnson, Thoreau. Being in such stellar literary company keeps me humble—which, as far as our mighty-mini dachsie Finlay is concerned, is how it should be.