Issue 13 March, 2014
Something about expressive writing just grabs you, don't you find? This issue of Wordnerdery shares some examples from my "Damn, I wish I wrote that" file of expressive ways to make a point.
Writing comes to life when you choose words that are specific, colourful and interesting, or you use metaphors and similes to make an interesting or surprising connection. Here are some examples of expressive writing I've found recently:
“That process of letting your mind rummage about in its library, subconsciously comparing words until it finds the right one, may sound vague, or aimless: but it’s really about precision.”
- Andrew Coyne in the National Post, in Losing longhand breaks link to the past
“They rented a giant shredder; a loud truck that had to be kept running while they fed it books and it pooped confetti.”
- Sam Littlefair-Wallace in The Coast, in Books and mortar
“If The New York Times is a designer store with new, original items that keep readers informed, [Eli] Pariser is running an antique shop, recognizing the value in old gems…Essentially, Upworthy goes dumpster diving in the Internet’s archives.”
- Alyson Shontell in The Brilliant, Unusual Way Media Startup Upworthy Grew To 10.4 Million Monthly Readers In Its First Year
"These days, when celebrity interviews are micro-slivered like bread in a Victorian workhouse, perhaps one should be grateful for five minutes on the phone with Courtney Love."
- Elizabeth Renzetti in the Globe and Mail (shared by my friend Jeanette King), in What I learned about Courtney Love in only nine minutes
"It's dirty hard rock, played at decibel levels that'll part your hair."
- Guy Saddy in En Route magazine, in L.A.'s Sunset Strip Rises
“Boomerang words” are loaned words that are “altered through naturalization in a foreign language and subsequently borrowed back into their language of origin, like a student coming home from a year abroad with a new wardrobe and an affected accent.”
- Oxford Dictionaries, in Boomerang vocabulary: words that return to their origins
"Big ideas don't need big words...The spare and honest language dances and sings."
- Denise Graveline in her blog, The Eloquent Woman
"Glioma, as it is also known, is a whack-a-mole cancer, with tumours that are treated or removed in one part of the brain often popping up in another soon after.”
- Joseph Hall in the Toronto Star, in Patient gets brain surgery -- fully awake
What other expressive writing have you seen lately? Please hit "reply" to share your thoughts. And let me know if you'd like help crafting your own memorable sentences.
Images: Expressive person by "graur razvan ionut" and FreeDigitalPhotos.net. Sue by Chris Salvo, salvophoto.com