Grace Tierney ( is a columnist, author, part-time librarian, and blogger writing in rural Ireland. She is the Ireland North East organiser for National Novel Writing Month ( and enjoys the challenge of writing a comedy or historic fiction novel each November.

She’s been blogging about unusual words at Wordfoolery since 2009 and has published two word history books -

“How to Get Your Name in the Dictionary” takes a light-hearted look at the lives of those soldiers, inventors, style icons, and villains who gave their names to the English language as eponyms.

"Words the Sea Gave Us" explores the nautical origin of English words and phrases such as skyscraper, baggywinkle, hot pursuit, taking down a peg, along with all the pirate slang and sea-faring terms you could ever need.

Grace tweets @Wordfoolery.

Location: Ireland
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