Wormy, Squirmy, Mealy Words


In November of this year, a wonderful book will be published that I can’t wait to own.  It will be called “Letters Of Note”. You can pre-order it here: http://www.unbound.co.uk/books/letters-of-note

The writers have collected over 200 letters, numerous telegrams and memos and placed them in a coffee-table sized book of 400 pages.  This unique collection deserves a wider audience to enjoy them.

Here is one of the examples in the publication.

When copy writer 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 junior writer with MGM. Pirosh went on to write for the Marx Brothers, and in 1949 won an Academy Award for his “Battleground” script.

“Battleground” was a WWII movie starring Van Johnson, John Hodiak, Ricardo Montalban, George Murphy and James Whitmore.

Here is the great letter he wrote to land his dream career:

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 to 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, NY                                                                                                                             Eldorado 5-6024

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