Bard of Breaking News (Breaking Bard)

Did you know Shakespeare invented the word swagger?

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In HENRY V, ACT II, SCENE IV and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, ACT III, SCENE I

“An’t please your majesty, a rascal that swaggered with me last night.” – Williams

“What hempen home-spuns have we swaggering here, so near the cradle of the fairy queen?” – Puck

This week I encouraged a young news update writer to add some swagger to her writing – with warning of course.

She wrote in her update that someone walked out of an inquiry.

To me (and I understand different writers have their own writing preferences) walked is boring and generic and bland.

I suggested she change walked to stormed out of the inquiry – if of course the pictures/vision matched the wording – and they did!

Stormed sounded more dramatic and matched the vision.

Of course, you need to be careful about subjective ‘value judgments’…

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