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August 27, 2010



I hate wordsmithing. HATE IT. "I just need you to wordsmith this a little." Which usually involves someone trying to write something themselves and then waiting until after the deadline to ask for help.



I'm not going to go into to much detail, because that defeats the point of my intentionally short post.  But I hate it too.  I've found - deadlines notwithstanding - that it usually means translating gibberish and buzzwords into English.


Or at its worse, being forced to mix the buzzwords and gibberish with English to come up with "something succinct that really captures the product."


I don't deal with that too often, though I have.  I'm grateful that most of the people I have to edit on a regular basis recognize that they suck at writing.  I just wish they wouldn't assume what they wrote just needs to be "tweaked."  I'm not "wordsmithing."  I'm "re-writing."


This.  I would go so far as to say, if a person can't put his or her idea into words,  the idea hasn't been really thought through.  People who use writers to actually think for them helped me put my son through college, but they better not use the word "wordsmithing" in my presence.

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