John Algeo is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Georgia. He is past president of the American Dialect Society, the Dictionary Society of North America, and the American Name Society. He was an associate editor of the Oxford Companion to the English Language and editor of volume 6 of the Cambridge History of the English Language on English in North America. He was a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar and a Guggenheim Fellow at University College London.
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