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February 2018

Introducing –

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. 2011 defines wordsmith as:

  1. A fluent and prolific writer, especially one who writes professionally.
  2. An expert on words.

For the purposes of this blog, we prefer a wider definition, one that embraces all those who (like the undersigned, a professional translator) use words - both those in their mother tongues and those in the foreign languages they aspire to command - as the tools of their trade and the object of their passion.

This blog has its genesis in a French-language blog,, (LMJ) maintained by me and by my friend and master-wordsmith, Jean Leclercq. For several years LMJ has run monthly interviews, initially with translators and subsequently with other linguists. We have dubbed each such interviewee “Linguist of the Month”.


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