Charles Harrington Elster

CHARLIE'S LATEST BOOK




What in the Word? Wordplay, Word Lore, and Answers to Your Peskiest Questions About Language.
"The Wordbook of the Year!"
Sol Steinmetz

Test of Time: A Novel Approach to the SAT and ACT. The challenging companion to Tooth and Nail, with more than 2,000 test words.

Tooth and Nail: A Novel Approach to the SAT. More than 250,000 copies sold!

Verbal Advantage is a comprehensive, graduated vocabulary-building program for adults.

"The most readable, sensible and prescriptive guide to the words that trip us up." William Safire

A lighthearted guide to some of the English language's most unusual (and unusually useful) words.

Upcoming Events

If you'd like to book me for an interview or invite me to speak, you can contact me by clicking on WRITE TO CHARLIE under "Quick Links" (in the righthand sidebar below).

RADIO INTERVIEWS

Charlie is now appearing monthly as a guest language maven on the Mandy Connell Show on 850 KOA Denver.

You can hear him every third Thursday of the month for an hour beginning at 2:00 p.m. Pacific time, 3:00 p.m. Mountain time, 5:00 p.m. Eastern time.

Here's the schedule for the rest of 2017:

October 19
November 16
December 21

You can hear the show streaming live or listen to a podcast later at www.850KOA.com.

BOOK SIGNINGS & SPEAKING EVENTS

Nothing scheduled at this time.

Charlie at the 2011 TwainFest in Old Town San Diego.
Photo by Carmen Veronica Elster.

Selected Works

Books
Articles
Colin Kaepernick and Charles Harrington Elster have something in common: exercising their First Amendment rights.
In the cover story for the October-November 2013 issue of Copyediting, Charlie looks at how the relative pronoun who is taking over the traditional role of that and which.
Read Charlie's amiable rant on redundancy, which appeared in the August-September 2012 issue of Copyediting.
Timeless tips for aspiring vocabulary builders.
Charlie beats up on Merriam-Webster in the Boston Globe.
At a loss for words? Read one of Charlie's guest "On Language" columns for The New York Times Magazine.
Read Charlie's guest "On Language" piece about resistentialism.
Shopping for a new dictionary? Here's some sage advice.
Charlie's brave new words for a wireless world.
Read one of Charlie's articles in SPELL/Binder.
Read a profile of Charlie in San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles.
Letters
Charlie explains why he left the public radio show.