(This is a revised version of a post that was first published in October 2009. I went back and changed some stuff so it sounded better.)
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Playwright.“play”, from the Saxon “plega“, meaning “recreation”; and “wright,” from the Old English “wryhta“, meaning “worker.” First recorded use of word: 1687.
I am a compulsive word-use-corrector, a ruthless proofreader, a highly-critical grammar snob. Anyone who has ever made the mistake of asking me to edit a paper for them can verify that this is true. I love my red proofreading pen with an unhealthy passion. While it’s partly because I’m a judgmental pain in the ass, it’s also because I’m a giant etymology geek. I love words (certainly I use a lot of them) and I find them really interesting. Which is why the word “playwright” fascinates me. It drives me bonkers when…
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