Diarmaid O Muirithe is a lexicographer and etymologist. He explains the origins of words, where they come from, and why we use some of the expressions we do. His knowledge and erudition in languages, ancient and modern, is enormous. With sections from Computers and Shakespeare, Political Correctness, Magic and Monsters to Text Messaging, Words We Use is simply a joy.
Diarmaid O Muirithe is Senior Lecturer Emeritus at UCD's School of English, Drama and Film Studies, and a distinguished historical lexicographer. Educated at Trinity College, Dublin, and at the National University of Ireland, he has been Fullbright Professor of English in the United States and has held the Chair of Irish Studies in St Mary's University, Halifax, Canada. He is the author of many books, including 'Irish Words and Phrases', 'Irish Slang', 'A Dictionary of Anglo-Irish Words', 'Words We Use' and 'Words We Don't Use (Much Anymore)'. He was a consultant contributor to 'The Encyclopaedia of Ireland' and a regular contributor to 'The Irish Times'.