I’m reading a book about George H.W. Bush by the esteemed writer, Jon Meecham (Destiny and Power…The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush), and a line jumped out at me…
Bush appreciated steadiness over sizzle…
Letting it roll around in my mouth a spell, conjuring up all kinds of images: steak sizzling on a barbecue…The Audrey Hepburn/William Holden film, Paris When It Sizzles. Bacon sizzling in a frying pan. Sizzling hot dogs at Yankee Stadium.
I even found myself using it in conversation. “Wow,” I said, “the sun is really sizzling today.”
To crackle, sputter, spit and snap… fizz, hiss, click and pop.
I love thinking the elder Bush prefers sizzle over dash…or impetuous, flamboyant panache and overbearing confidence.
Words, they seduce and entice, attract and allure, beguile, persuade, woo and purr.