This is a fun video about how we think about language. What makes a word “real”? Listen to Anne Curzan, an English professor and language historian, give you permission to enjoy all the variation that spoken language has to offer.
“I think most people when they say a word isn’t ‘real’ what they mean is it doesn’t appear in a standard dictionary. That of course raises a host of other questions including, ‘who writes dictionaries.'”
“When I teach the history of the English language I require that students teach me two new slang words before I will begin class. Over the years I have learned some great new slang this way. Including “hangry” which is when you are cranky or angry because you are hungry. And ‘adorkable’ which is when you are adorable in kind of a dorky way. Clearly terrific words that fill important gaps in the English language.”
A short video that never fails to make me smile while also reminding me of some plotting basics. Includes information on the most popular story of all time.
“Somebody gets into trouble, gets out of it again. People love that story! They never get sick of it!”
This is one of my all time favorite videos on storytelling. It’s not only entertaining it is extremely informative and inspiring.
(side note – there are swear words in this talk – one within the first 2 minutes – so if you are in the room with your kids put your headphones on!)
Some great quotes from this talk:
“Storytelling is joke telling. It’s knowing your punch line, your ending. Knowing that everything you are saying from the first sentence to the last is leading to a singular goal.”
“The audience actually wants to work for their meal, they just don’t want to know that they are doing that. That’s your job as a story teller is to hide the fact that you are making them work for their meal… it’s this well organized absence of information that draws us all in.”
“Drama is anticipation mingled with uncertainty” – William Archer
“Use what you know. Draw from it. It doesn’t always mean plot or fact. It means capturing a truth from your experiences. Expressing values you personally feel deep down to your core.”
How To Write A Story : John Dufresne