Mighty Red Pen

March 15, 2009

What about word whisperers?

Filed under: Wordsworthy — mighty red pen @ 3:13 pm
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Check out this little tidbit from Mark Peters of Wordlustitude, “Shhh, I’m Changing Your Life: Pianos, Jerks, Even TrollsWhy Everything Has a ‘Whisperer’ Now”:

If there’s a job title of the decade, “whisperer” has to be a contender. More than a decade after “The Horse Whisperer” appeared on movie screens, and four years after the debuts of “The Dog Whisperer” and “The Ghost Whisperer” on TV, “whispering” is still gaining steam among a huge range of consultants and instructors who promise subtle yet authoritative transformation in pretty much every aspect of life.

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From the whisperer’s point of view, the title has some clear selling points over the alternatives—”consultant” and “adviser” are stiff and corporate, while instructors, coaches, and mentors all sound like teachers, a job that doesn’t exactly command steep hourly rates. But beyond that, “whispering” suggests semi-magical, sage-like qualities: a Yoda-for-hire, dialed into individual problems, with abilities so subtle they can’t even be discussed aloud. Maybe a golf instructor could fix my swing just fine, but a Wedge Whisperer offers a deeper connection with the course, and maybe the cosmos. (Was Chevy Chase’s Buddhist-y “Be the ball” character in “Caddyshack” the first Golf Whisperer?)

Maybe if editors were known as word whisperers, we wouldn’t seem so scary . . .



  1. Or in the case of MRP, perhaps it would be “word yeller”?

    Comment by David — March 23, 2009 @ 12:38 pm | Reply

  2. I see a T-shirt in the making . . .

    Comment by TootsNYC — March 25, 2009 @ 9:41 am | Reply

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