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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.

Beyond The Book: Some Unusual Gift Ideas For Word Freaks

Yes. Today is already December 18. And you know what that means: Hanukkah is only two nights away! Also, Christmas ...

Friends With Words With Friends

Ah, Words with Friends: the addictive touchscreen bastardization of Scrabble that is now so popular that even the most (only?) ...

A Note on “Thank You”

This may sound just a tad ungrateful, but I hate thank-you notes. It’s not the thank you—I have no problem ...

It’s (Word) Award Season!

Well, as you can probably tell by the fact that your neighbors have had their Christmas lights up for nearly ...

A Topic for Brunch: The Portmanteau

Brunch: It’s not breakfast, it’s not lunch; it’s neither, and both. I’m not talking about what you order—that’s totally up ...

Don’t Be So Literal! (Okay, I’m Trying…)

With all apologies to the Kindle, iPad, Nook, and even the Itty Bitty Book Light, the best literary devices available ...

Words, Football, Nuclear War, and the Delightful Rediscovery of Don DeLillo

If you’re like me, you’ve found two ways to consistently and satisfyingly occupy a fall Sunday: 1. Exploring the vagaries ...

When Words Were Scary…

There was a time when the most popular way to scare your closest friends and family was through relatively simple ...

Best Word Ever (for this week)

One of the joys of reading (aside, you know, from the joy of reading) is the discovery of new words. ...

The History of Words—in 100 Words

We all love to make lists—from what we need “to do” to what we think of the world around us, ...

Steve Jobs, Champion of the (Type)Written Word

The news this week, ever since Wednesday’s passing of Apple Inc. founder Steve Jobs at the age of 56, has ...

Feel free to "retweet" this post…

Yes, “retweet” is totally a word—so says the Oxford English Dictionary in the new, centennial 12th edition of its Concise ...

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