Wördos are people who care about the precise and accurate use of the English language. We want to be sure there is CLARITY in communication, especially in the media. We believe that the failure to write or speak clearly jeopardizes understanding and believability. Writing and speaking well are important for establishing credibility and competence.
The group was founded in the early 1980s. One of the founders was Björn Björnson. It is in his memory that we use the umlaut in Wördos.
Wördos meet at 10 a.m. the third Wednesday of every month in Bloomington, Minn., to talk about words. Some of us are retired senior newspaper executives. Some are current or former writers, editors, and teachers. At our meetings we discuss the errors we have found in local and national media.
An article in the St. Paul Pioneer Press captured the spirit of one of our meetings.
We have one rule: We do not discuss our health or grandchildren.
We have no chairman, president, or officers of any kind. We have no articles of incorporation or bylaws. We have no dues, no minutes, and no social chairman. We have no members. (We do have interested people who show up for meetings. They are “attendees,” also called “Wördos.”)
For years our website included a monthly newsletter written by Bob Shaw, but Bob decided to retire and no longer writes it. As a poor substitute, we have included Right Word - Wrong Word as a reward for visiting our site.
If you’d like more information about Wördos, please contact:
Fred Webber Marlene Reuber