A Word That Sizzles

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.


Did you just get a rush?  I did…I sizzled, as a matter of fact.


About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Amazon.com. Thanks.
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17 Responses to A Word That Sizzles

  1. micklively says:

    Onomatopoeia at it’s best.

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  2. skinnyuz2b says:

    Susannah, the immediate image that came to my mind when I read the word ‘sizzle’ was a vision of Marilyn Monroe. Boy, could she sizzle. All she had to do was stand there.

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  3. Now there’s a word we seldom hear or read, anymore.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. When I hear the word sizzle, I immediately think of Snoop Dog, who adds it to everything … forshizzle … forrizzle.


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