By day I'm an English Lecturer. And yet I'm starting sentences with 'and' and having a minor mental struggle with the word 'unconfident.' Is it a word? My colleagues and I got caught up with this question before classes started this morning and it remains unresolved. The internet doesn't help, in case you were thinking of Googling it. One site gives a definition, or lists it as an antonym of confident; another tells you the word doesn't exist. J suspects it's an Americanism. I know at least one published author reads this blog occasionally. Any ideas? Or will I be forced to go upstairs and consult the big OED?