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Robin Bloor is not and never has been a philologist, glottologist, grammarian, lexicographer or linguist. Insofar as he has qualifications, they are in Computer Science and Mathematics. Admittedly, though, he is a published author. He has written a business book (The Electronic B@zaar) and co-authored several Dummies books on computer technology published by Wiley. He is also a public speaker, having presented to audiences on every continent except the cold one, but those presentations were done in the guise of technology expert, not English Language dilettante.
Nevertheless, an English Language dilettante is what he has become, and consequently he has written a book to prove it. The motivation for this is accidental. He is the author of the blog, HaveMacWillBlog.com, and has pursued blogging with some enthusiasm. Having taken to the keyboard in this way, he decided to write about anything and everything that came to mind; not just technology, but his travels, poetry, weird ideas, photography and even politics. One day in April, he started writing about strange and obscure words and it attracted a bigger audience than usual, so he continued to do it until he’d accumulated sufficient material for this book.
Since writing the book, his web site has split like an ameba and now he’s a doppleblogger banging out words on a regular basis for his new site WordsYouDontKnow.com, which is really a marketing vehicle for this book. You will find further writings of the kind in this book on that site. If you want to follow Robin Bloor on twitter, and we have no idea why you would, his id is robinbloor.