Welcome to my website! I'm a linguist and freelance writer living in Eugene, Oregon. My writing focuses on language-related topics, including American English, word histories, and grammar and style. My latest book, Splendiferous Speech, tells the lively story of how Americans created their own brand of English. Previous books explore other aspects of America's colorful linguistic past.
My articles cover a broad range of topics, from Noah Webster's 1785 book tour to plain English for business owners. My byline has appeared in The Saturday Evening Post, American History, Christian Science Monitor, Whole Earth, Atlas Obscura, Entrepreneur.com, and Elks Magazine, among other places. I have written about usage and style for Writer's Digest and The Writer, as well as teaching workshops on research for writers and book proposal basics. I also put my skills to use with nonfiction editing and book coaching.