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Victor Wishna

Victor Wishna's work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Baltimore Sun, the New York Post, NPR, KCMetropolis.org, and others. His writing and editing services firm, The Vital Word helps find the right words for nonprofit, corporate, and individual clients. Follow him on Twitter: @vwishna.

Mixed Emotions About Emoticons

How do I feel about emoticons? :-/ I think that means “a tad ambivalent”—that’s what I intend, anyway. I’m not ...

Reading at the Speed of Google

Living in Kansas City*, I’ve been much exposed to this week’s news that Google has finally unveiled its new Google ...

A Dictionary For the People—and By the People

Samuel Johnson, in his grave, may be rolling over, applauding wildly, or both, at the news this week that UK-based ...

Are You Sure You Read That Right?

Everyone’s favorite, non-grumpy grammarian Mignon Fogarty had another post this week about words that even the most well-spoken among us ...

What’s On First? (Your All-Star Word Ballot)

I write to you from Kansas City, host of the 2012 Major League Baseball All-Star Game this Tuesday. As you ...

Great $%&@ Gatsby! On “Bad” Words in Good Literature

The sign of any great book is that it has been banned for its corrupting influence on youth. The Great ...

And Now For a Few Words From “Father”

About a month ago, in honor of Mother’s Day (and the mothers it honors), I pointed out just how much ...

Why Book Lovers and Word Lovers Should Love the Tony Awards

Tonight, for the 66th consecutive year, the American Theatre Wing will hand out its Antoinette Perry Awards for Excellence in ...

There’s Got to Be a Word for That…

I watch a lot of ESPN, and I love to learn new words—but I don’t often watch ESPN in order ...

Sunday Diversion: Words and Remembrance (The Answers)

Last week, I reported (as in, someone else did the work of porting it—I just re-ported it) on a study ...

Sunday Diversion: Words and Remembrance

It’s commonly accepted (and, I suppose, scientifically confirmed) that as we get older, our memory starts to fade. Of course, ...

With Thanks to “Mother”—Everywhere

Today is the day to appreciate your mother, or mom, or mama, or ma, or mami, or mum, or mutter, ...

Gathering Eggcorns Can Be Hobby-Forming

One of the most important reasons to care about language and to always be delving deeper into its origins and ...

Meet Molly Coddle (and Other Words with “Personality”)

So I was in a meeting the other day, when one of the others in attendance, making a point of ...

Earth: A Real Classic

Earth Day. It is day to celebrate our home planet—which, depending on your scientific/religious perspective is now anywhere from about ...

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