Click here to read "Pet Words" which was posted today by Brad Leithauser in the New Yorker online.
Read and take notes. Write a crisp (100 word or so) summary to show that you understand what Leithauser is saying and jot down some things you find interesting about how he says it.(Think about words and sentences and paragraph organization. Think about anything that interests you about how it is written.) Bring these notes to class on Tuesday.
Then, respond to one of the following prompts in the comment box below:
1) Tell us about your favorite words and what they reveal about you. (The "Pet Words" article has many examples of favorite words and Leithauser's speculation on what those favorites might reveal. You can use the article as a model for your response.)
2) Tell us about the favorite words of someone you know--words that the person uses often and that you associate with the person.What do you think these characteristic words reveal about the person?
3) Pull a book you've already read off a shelf. (Or access it on an electronic device.) Skim through it. Are there any substantial words that you notice seeing again and again? What might those words reveal about the author and the book?