On “Inside the Actors’ Studio”–one of my not-so-guilty TV pleasures–James Lipton always starts his famous questionnaire with, “What is your favorite word?” Were I to suddenly, magically, improbably become a movie star, and get invited onto the show for a profound exploration of my life and craft, I’m not sure I could whittle down my list to just one word. Not even for the great, scrumtrulescent James Lipton himself.
I’m a fickle creature. Right now, on this day, in this room, my top five are:
—Gandy-dancer, n: an old slang term for a railroad maintenance worker
—Soporific, adj: causing sleep
—Yurt, n: a tentlike dwelling
—Chortle, v: to chuckle gleefully
—Snickerdoodle, n: a type of sugar cookie made with cream of tartar and rolled in cinnamon sugar