Thursday, June 9, 2011

Wordsmith by Lisa Buffaloe

Blacksmiths were an integral part of colonial America. Every facet of life was touched by this profession—from horseshoes for transportation, weapons and iron gates for protection, and tools and accessories for cooking.

According to Webster’s 1828 Dictionary, a Smith is “literally, the striker, the beater; hence, one who forges with the hammer; one who works in metals; as an iron-smith; gold-smith; silver-smith.”

Writers are wordsmiths. We design and forge words to give reader takeaways—providing beats of prose to strike a point. Words of truth provide fortification and protection. And words cook up new ideas and thoughts to digest and nourish.

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