For Tuesday, December 13, 2016:
Words come in textures; words are hard or smooth or squishy soft. Words have colors; they are pastel, they are bold. They are neutral. They are colorless. Words have sounds derived from their meanings; timid is soft, savage is hard, clamor is loud. Words are sharp, words are blunt; words have edges that are keen. There are scalpel words and razor words and words that have a saber’s slash. Words are dull, words are sparkling. Words are alive, they are languid. Words fly, sail, drive, race, creep, crawl. So many words! If we are patient – if we will work at the task – we will begin to find the right ones.
James J. Kilpatrick, FINE PRINT (1993)