Wordy #atozchallenge

Fictional character traits

Wordy — verbose, long-winded

Wordiness is a symptom of anxiety perhaps, (covered earlier), or tension. Wordy diversions also explore class differences, privilege, intellectualism. In some cases, we need it for backstory told by characters designed to appear talkative. Those characters are rarely around long, or interest audiences beyond their utilitarian existence.

Once in a while, we come across the delightfully wordy. In Henry Fool, we get nothing short of a grammar lesson. Thomas Jay Ryan, aka Henry Fool, has a way of infusing mundane moments with charm – even in a lesson about the differences between there, they’re and their. With a cigarette hanging from his lip, Henry offers a grammar lesson that’s absurdly long, natural, and captivating.


What about a good old-fashioned lesson on proper talkin’, folks? Imagine one such character digging into the correct use for it’s, or ranting about how ‘ve is not the same as of.

Viggo Mortensen’s Hitch teaches Ed Harris’ Cole the finer points of language, and it’s a delight to watch. When Cole can’t find the word to describe what he’s thinking, Hitch helps through grammarian banter and proper punctuation with a display of cowboy testosterone.

Stories are a collection of words crafted into narrative and dialogue, but we rarely hear them spoken with nerdy aplomb. For good reason. It’s the melodrama, scandal, eroticism the writer or filmmaker wants to capture. So, when a story character finds his way into the world of wordy education, that is a rush of entertainment.


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12 responses to “Wordy #atozchallenge

  1. You’ve captivated me again, Silvia. I’m at the library this morning and will be looking for DVDs of Henry Fool and Appaloosa. I’d love to see the moments you describe and, as a bonus, never mind watching any movie with Ed Harris in it.

  2. I need to watch those movies just to experience those scenes!

  3. You watch such a huge variety of films, I should go looking for some of them. When you speak of “wordy” I think of me when I’m out chatting with my friends at the waterfront. Trying to quiet either of us down is a challenge.

  4. Back in my corporate career days, my boss used to ask all sufferers from verbal diarrhea (his definition) to “please pop your pills before the meeting starts”. We all learned to keep our reports concise and to the point.

  5. Hi Silvia – I too have noted the films … and will see if I can get them here. I know some the British probably tv comedy/satirical programmes have some great explanatory verbal dialogues in them … way too long – but oh so funny – cheers Hilary

  6. Silvia,

    Long winded I can relate to as I not only come from a family where my grandpa was and my daddy is just that long-winded. He can talk circles around ya and if you have something to do you gotta break away from the conversation before today turns into tomorrow. lol There are movie characters like which are generally pretty entertaining to watch. The first movie I thought of is “O’ Brother Where Art Thou”. George Clooney’s character was very wordy. He did a great job on his role and I enjoyed the film all the more. Thanks for stopping by yesterday and happy A2Zing!

    ~Curious as a Cathy
    A2Z iPad Art Sketch ‘W’ Water Glass

  7. When I write fiction, I have to be careful not to write the way I sometimes talk….in long run-on sentences.

  8. I wish I could write fiction but as much as I love reading it… I can only write about my own life. I wanted to thank you for leaving a kind comment on my blog a while back… I wasn’t writing for a few months but I am back and trying to catch up with my blogging friends xox

  9. I hope this comment comes through Silvia ..enjoyed this post. I would love to be a student of Viggo along with Cole getting grammar lessons. They could be as wordy as they like …

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