Handmade, handcrafted, handwraught

1 Nov

There has been a lot of talk the last couple of days for what is and isn’t appropriate to describe as handmade or handcrafted or handwrought, due to FTC guidelines.  The guidelines are clear as mud and left us all with more questions than when we started.

So, here I am blogging about it, because, I did what we were taught in school and looked it up in the dictionary, to see what the difference was.   Seriously how do they all get away with creating there own definitions for regulations……

Handcraft or handcraftedaccording to the Merriam-Webster dictionary is a transitive verb meaning:  to fashion by handicraft.
The example they give of the word in a sentence is:

She handcrafted a set of bowls out of red clay.

Reference:   http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handcrafted

Handmade according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary is an adjective meaning:  made by hand or by a hand process.

The example they give of the word in use:

<received a handmade sweater at the baby shower>

Handmade Synonyms:  handcrafted, handwrought

Reference:   http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handmade

Handwrought according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary is an adjective meaning:  fashioned by hand or chiefly by hand processes <handwrought silver>

Handwrought Synonyms:   handcrafted, handmade

Reference:  http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handwrought

 

Synonym, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary is a noun, which has several meanings.

Four our purposes it essentially means one or more words in the same language that have the same or almost identical meaning.

Reference:   http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/synonyms

I added synonym only because I had to look it up to remind myself what it meant.  It has been a few years since my last English class.

So we would like to hear from the buying public!  Do you as a consumer view handcrafted vs handmade vs. handwrought differently or do you use them interchangeably?

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