Wordsmithing and Perspective

People sometimes ask what I mean when I say wordsmithing.
I can’t always think of a good example, but I’ve found one in
“American Canopy” by Eric Rutkow (p.65), an excellent book about the wealth of America that came from indigenous forests.

Backwoodsmen

Speaking of backwoodsmen and frontier hunters, Rutkow observes a change in how they were depicted. “They were no longer the antisocial vagrants of Cr

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