Three Examples of Word Love or Why Bootleg Thrives
Example 1: 51 of the most beautiful sentences in literature
Click over to Jennifer Schafer’s BuzzFeed post for 51 flavors of great writing – all in easy-to-digest, 1-sentence doses!
Example 2: I like words
In 1934 Robert Pirosh needed a job. Hoping to be a screenwriter, he sent a gem of a letter to all the Hollywood brass. MGM hired him as a junior writer. Here’s Pirosh’s word-tastic letter:
I like words. I like fat buttery words, such as ooze, turpitude, glutinous, toady. I like solemn, angular, creaky words, such as straitlaced, cantankerous, pecunious, valedictory. I like spurious, black-is-white words, such as mortician, liquidate, tonsorial, demi-monde. I like suave “V” words, such as Svengali, svelte, bravura, verve. I like crunchy, brittle, crackly words, such as splinter, grapple, jostle, crusty. I like sullen, crabbed, scowling words, such as skulk, glower, scabby, churl. I like Oh-Heavens, my-gracious, land’s-sake words, such as tricksy, tucker, genteel, horrid. I like elegant, flowery words, such as estivate, peregrinate, elysium, halcyon. I like wormy, squirmy, mealy words, such as crawl, blubber, squeal, drip. I like sniggly, chuckling words, such as cowlick, gurgle, bubble and burp.
I like the word screenwriter better than copywriter, so I decided to quit my job in a New York advertising agency and try my luck in Hollywood, but before taking the plunge I went to Europe for a year of study, contemplation and horsing around.
I have just returned and I still like words.
May I have a few with you?
Example 3: Reading is like sniffing a posy & eating a peach
In 1932, Fannie Lablache published A Wayside Posy which offers a delightful quote about sniff-sniff-sniffing every ounce of delightful sniff from the garden of ideas found in a book. Read the full excerpt here.
Some say reading is like eating a peach. You know, take a big juicy bite, savor the flavor & various textures, be nourished, and revel in the sticky bits, etc. Yet Fannie says the peach pales in comparison to the posy. All due respect to Fannie, I say this analogy is peachy – at least for the initial read. What say you?