The word maven comes from the Hebrew, via Yiddish, and means one who understands, based on an accumulation of knowledge.
The 78-year-old word maven said he had broadened his mission and might be on the verge of a major discovery about baseball's origins.
But what of the guest who is not known to be a word maven?
I'd say the Profanisaurus is the new oracle for word mavens.
The general word maven won't read this one for fun, but will note that the Indo-European root bhad- means "good."
Grammarians, logophiles and assorted word mavens are doing better these days.
What, then, are some good reads for word mavens afflicted with spare time on vacation?
Many sites credit Vita with popularizing the word maven.
But as the new year approaches, word mavens must get started on a fresh batch.
Exclamatives I'm a pop grammarian and word maven who makes no pretense of living in syntax.