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Language expert to visit Winslow store

     - Cover image courtesy of Paul Brians
— image credit: Cover image courtesy of Paul Brians

Paul Brians, an Island author and noted expert on the modern English language will visit Eagle Harbor Books in downtown Winslow at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9.

Brians’ book “Common Errors in English Usage,” now in its third edition, gives friendly, helpful advice about common misspellings, mispronunciations, mangled expressions, punctuation errors and a variety of other language problems.

Based on his website of the same name, which has attracted more than 15 million visitors and led to a language blog and a line of boxed calendars, the book is now available as a paperback from Oregon publisher William, James & Co., as a Kindle book and as an iBook.

New entries in this latest edition include an explanation for the difference between “crochet” and “crochett” and the origins of the scrambled expression “death nail.”

Want to know why your chocolate dessert is “molten” rather than “melted”?

He’s got that covered, too.

Brians is a retired Washington State University English professor and his book was described by NPR host Scott Simon as, “the most cheerfully useful book I’ve read since the ‘Kama Sutra.’”

For more information about this and other upcoming author events at Eagle Harbor, visit

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