As much as I love the Upper Midwest (especially at however many degrees below zero it is now, with that really fine snow falling like you get at these temps), Garrison Keiller really doesn't particularly move me. Still, every now and again I learn something good from his morning radio piece. This morning, he said that it's the birthday of Eric Partridge, born in 1894. (See the bio here.)
I know Partridge best for his monumental Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English. That dictionary is almost (but of course not quite) as much fun to browse as the Dictionary of American Regional English. Of course he did lots of lexicographical and etymological work.