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 VisualThesaurus.com.
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.