The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. 2011 defines wordsmith as:
- A fluent and prolific writer, especially one who writes professionally.
- 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, www.Le-mot-juste-en-anglais.com, (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”.