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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.

Some Words for Today — “Tax” Included

So today is April 15, the day we mark the spiritual observance* of Tax Day, and we are once again ...

“Book!” (First Word Bodes Well For a Life Full of Them)

Our daughter is nine-and-a-half (months, that is). And while she continues to fascinate me every day, she has not yet, ...

Say What? New Research Reveals English is Less Than 200 Years Old

On the heels of a recent study that contends our language is dying, some startling new research indicates that, in ...

How to Tell Your “Honeyfuggle” from Your “Hooky Bob”

Back in the late 20th Century, during my college freshman orientation, we had a visit from a linguist specializing in ...

How Many Words Have You Killed Today?

Words are dying, and you probably aren’t doing anything to stave off the epidemic. How many times have you blindly ...

Don’t QWERTY, Be Happy?

Before I share this news… Are you sitting down? At your computer? Okay. Look at your keyboard. All those letters ...

American English: A Language of Pure Imagination?

So I happened to catch Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on cable the other night—the 2005 Tim Burton/Johnny Depp version, ...

Why You Can’t Always Trust the Dictionary…

Caught an interesting bit on NPR’s “Talk of the Nation” this week (turns out it was a replay from July, ...

No Stopping the Linguistic “Linsanity”

By now, if you’ve been exposed to any form of media at all in the last week, you’re likely familiar ...

Valentine’s Spell(ing): How Can Luv B Wrong?

Your name doesn’t have to be Siri for you to realize that the latest communications technology and spelling don’t always ...

Super Bowl Sunday Alternatives: The Best Football Books That Aren’t Really About Football

If you’re like an estimated 160 million people around the world, then you’ll be tuning in tonight to watch the ...

An Aural Fixation: Fun With Words That Sound The Same

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: What’s black and white and red all over? If you said “newspaper,” congratulations—you ...

Every Day Should Be “Thesaurus Day”

This past Wednesday was National Thesaurus Day, and I completely failed to notice. How embarrassing. Upsetting. Awkward. Disappointing. Discomforting. Discomfiting. ...

At Least You Speak Like You’re Well Read: From Literature to Lexicon

What’s in a name? Or a common expression? Or, for that matter, so many of the seemingly mundane words and ...

Banning Books = Bad. But Banishing Certain Words?

As another year—2011, for anyone who’s counting—came to an end, we got to delight in/had to suffer through another round ...

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