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Language Barrier, Part 1

There’s some words and phrases I just can’t get on board with. One of them is “reaching out.” I hear that a lot now, from different people. “Thanks for reaching out” or “I’ll reach out to them.” It usually means sending an e-mail.

See, the problem is that I’ve seen too many action films where someone is hanging onto the side of a cliff by their fingernails and someone has to “reach out” and save them. A bit dramatic, isn’t it? Indiana Editor and the Temple of Media Requests.

The other word is “wordsmith.” Someone called me that the other day. We better ┬ánot get carried away, people. It’s not like we are banging out letters made of molten steel on a forge so we can fight the enemy with our Tolkien-inspired prose.

Or are we?