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(verb) to make trivial or aesthetic edits to a text that may only subtly change the meaning, if at all; generally engaged in by higher-ranking colleagues who have little of substance to add but wish to put their idiosyncratic stamp on a document or to be seen as contributors, perhaps to validate their own sense of being indispensable; incorrectly implies that one is a craftsman on the order of a blacksmith or goldsmith; sadly, wordsmithing rarely involves the deletion of jargon

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