Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | June 27, 2013

Rescue Word of the Week #4 – 2013: Craftsmanship

The rescue word of the week is craftsmanship.

Please help save this word from the endangered-word list by adopting it and using it in your thoughts, your speech, your writing, and your deeds.

What does this word mean to you?

My two cents (but please share yours):

Craftsmanship, to me, means making a product with the highest quality. It requires many years of practice as an apprentice, and it’s a worthy goal for every task.

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Responses

  1. I could not say it better.

  2. Writers, I think, are not in danger of losing it, since we are always concerned about our ‘craft.’ Probably scrapbookers and other “art and crafts” people would still use it.

    However, it seems that the root word of ‘craft’ is starting to be used in a less favorable light when you think about superstitious folks who pair the words ‘wicca’ and ‘craft’ together. Sort of like you don’t really hear the word ‘apprentice,’ unless it’s with wizardry or magic of some sort. (Possibly from Harry Potter?)

    And, of course, the word, crafty, has negative connotations with it. Let’s hope ‘craftsmanship’ doesn’t slowly become become one of those misinterpreted words, as the root word is mostly used in association with the Arts.

    • I agree, Julie. It would be really sad to see craftsmanship take on a negative meaning. Cheers, Ashley

  3. I don’t know if the word is in danger or not, but I think craftsmanship is in danger. We all look for shortcuts. We all want maximum pay for minimum work. Pride in doing a job well just for the sake of doing it well seems to be lost somewhere in the shuffle.

    • I was looking to “like” your comment!

      • Thank you very much, Julie. If you click on the blog’s title, it should take you to the blog’s page with all the like and share buttons below the text. Cheers, Ashley

    • You’re so right, David. That’s why we should bring this word back into daily use, quality intact. Cheers, Ashley


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