May 222015

Third generation Coloradan Orin Hargraves has sung bass with Cantabile for three years. He grew up in the small town of Creede where his grandmother owned the Creede Hotel. As a child, Orin had some unusual pets including a bear, a mountain lion and several deer thanks to his stepfather’s job as a wild animal wrangler/tamer.

Orin is a lexicographer, a researcher at the Center for Computational Language and Education Research, a lecturer at CU Boulder and the author of a number of books, including Mighty Fine Words and Smashing Expressions: Making Sense of Transatlantic English and the recently published It’s Been Said Before: A guide to the Use and Abuse of Clichés. Past president of the Dictionary Society of North America, Orin writes the monthly “Language Lounge” column for

A Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco in the 1980s, Orin’s pet peeves include incompetent service and incompetent authority. His favorite choral piece is Brahms’ German Requiem. If he had a week with no commitments, Orin would head for the beach or a monastery.