word·smith | \ˈwərd-ˌsmith \

Definition of wordsmith 

: a person who works with words especially : a skillful writer

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wordsmithery \ˈwərd-ˌsmi-thə-rē \ noun

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How about a once-a-month editing bee with volunteers who know what good writing is, including the many retired or semiretired wordsmiths in our communities? Jay Mathews, Washington Post, "The write stuff: Enlist retired wordsmiths to help students with their lessons," 14 Jan. 2018 At this stage, Cardi transformed into a witty pop culture wordsmith who engages the public’s taste and interests. Da'shan Smith, Billboard, "How Cardi B Achieved Stardom as an Old-School Hitmaker for New-School Hip-Hop," 12 Jan. 2018 James Lee Burke is what fellow writers call a wordsmith. Marilyn Stasio, New York Times, "A Gumbo of Crime: From the Bayou to Britain," 4 Jan. 2018 Hip-hop heads were greeted with a pleasant surprise when 9th Wonder took to his Instagram to announce that a collaborative album from Detroit wordsmith Elzhi and North Carolina producer Khrysis was on its way. Andreas Hale, Billboard, "Elzhi & Khrysis on Forming Their Group Jericho Jackson, Premiere New Record 'Listen' Featuring Amber Navran," 21 Feb. 2018 Will's penned destruction of Trump -- as only the always-use-the-$1,000-word-when-the-$1-word-would-do wordsmith can -- will draw most of the attention. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "George Will just exposed Mike Pence's Faustian bargain," 10 May 2018 Headed by Supa Bwe, the show features a litany of young wordsmiths who are ready to be the next household name in the city. Efrain Dorado, RedEye Chicago, "4 must-see concerts in Chicago this week: Ty Segall, Of Montreal, Baths," 3 Apr. 2018 Lamar is a tenacious wordsmith, unparalleled as a rhyme slinger in contemporary hip-hop. Dan Deluca, Philly.com, "Why Kendrick Lamar's Pulitzer Prize matters," 16 Apr. 2018 Nack was a towering figure in the history of sports journalism, a literary wordsmith and tireless reporter whose distinctive and soaring prose is revered by his peers and generations of younger writers. Tim Layden, SI.com, "Remembering William Nack: A Passionate, Personable Master of His Craft," 14 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of wordsmith

1873, in the meaning defined above

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