Ciardi, John

(1916 - 1986) He was an American poet, translator, and etymologist who was a former president of the National Institute of Arts and Letters.

From 1980 until his death, he produced a weekly three-minute NPR radio spot on etymology called Word In Your Ear. In addition, he published a series of books on etymology: A Browser's Dictionary (1980), A Second Browser's Dictionary (1983), and Good Words to You (posthumously published in 1987).

1. Click here to hear him elaborate upon the term Great Scott.

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