Anu Garg

Anu Garg (born April 5, 1967), an author and speaker, is best known as the founder of, an online community comprising word lovers from an estimated 200 countries. His books explore the joy of words. He has authored A Word A Day: A Romp Through Some of the Most Unusual and Intriguing Words, Another Word a Day and The Dord, the Diglot, and an Avocado or Two: The Hidden Lives and Strange Origins of Common and Not-So-Common Words. He writes about language-related issues for magazines and newspapers and speaks internationally. He is a columnist for MSN Encarta and Kahani magazine.

He has been profiled in The New York Times, USA Today, Reader's Digest, The Wall Street Journal, Smithsonian, National Public Radio, and BBC, among others.


Garg was born in rural India. His school took place under the shade of a mango tree, where a few broken sticks of chalk and a blackboard made by painting a flat piece of wood with soot completed his classroom. The only language he knew was Hindi, and he did not see a library until he went to college.

He learned the English language and moved to the United States to study computer science at Case Western Reserve University, and then worked as a computer scientist at AT&T and other corporations. It was at graduate school in 1994 where he founded

He lives in the Seattle area with his wife and daughter. He is a vegan.


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