Brigid Daull Brockway is technically a writer

Brigid Daull Brockway is technically a writer

A blog about words, wordplay, and etymology, with slightly more than occasional political rants.

Friday, January 1, 2010


All of the content in the blog is original stuff written by me, however, some of my info comes from these sources, though much of my content is stuff I learned in long-forgotten textbooks. 
Keep checking back here, as I'll keep updating. Some of this stuff I don't cite directly, but I probably will.

Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers by William Sapolsky
Smashing book about stress and stress related illness. It's where I learned about James Barrie's stress dwarfism. Fascinating stuff.
Mother Tongue and Made in America by Bill Bryson
Bryson makes language history not only digestible, but truly tasty.
Armageddon in Retrospect by Kurt Vonnegut
A collection of KV's speeches, letters, and unpublished work. 
Oxford English Dictionary 
Who Stole Feminism by Christina Hoff Sommers
The Elements of Style by Strunk and White
If I haven't used it already, I will
On Writing by Stephen King
On Writing Well by William Zinnser
Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg

A History of the English Language by Baugh and Cable
A great resource and a definitive cure for insomnia!
Sister Mary Dennis, my awesome college English prof