What are your favourite words? This screen writer had many.

Do you like words like this screenwriter? Which are your favourites?

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Share Share This email was forwarded to me by a friend. When copywriter Robert Pirosh landed in Hollywood in 1934, eager to…

This email was forwarded to me by a friend.

When copywriter Robert Pirosh landed in Hollywood in 1934, eager to become a screenwriter, he wrote and sent the following letter to all the directors, producers, and studio executives he could think of. The approach worked, and after securing three interviews he took a job as a junior writer with MGM. Pirosh went on to write for the Marx Brothers, and in 1949 won an Academy Award for his Battleground script.

(Source: Dear Wit.)

Dear Sir:

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?

Robert Pirosh
385 Madison Avenue
Room 610
New York
Eldorado 5-6024″

The writing desk blog

Simply brilliant. And the inspiration for The Writing Desk blog, where I ask my guests to list their favourite words, together with the random things, like the record that’s guaranteed to get them up on the dance floor, their favoured business book and the advice they’d give themselves if they were just starting out again.

What are your favourite words? This screen writer had many.

It’s all on the blog and features copywriters like Andy Maslen, Demian Farnworth, Joanna Wiebe and Sally Ormond as well as creative writers, Daljit Nagra and Steve Chambers.

Written By Katherine

Katherine Wildman is a copywriter for creative agencies and multinational brands – and the Creative Director of Haydn Grey.

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