Shoo lord mighty!
That's what my former sister-in-law would say whenever her mind was blown. And it's what I channeled as I read the opening lines of James Wolcott's Vanity Fair article on Moss Hart's Act One. It's filled with hard-working words and phrases that set the stage (*cough*) for the piece, and the tone of the lede is spot-on for a passage reference a theatre critic. We can all learn a thing or two about how to deploy "plain English" to create deliciously descriptive language from this example:
I just love "his wicked self", "two dessert toppings battling" and "peach-pit heart". Plain terms pulled together to create indelible images that convey the concepts clearly. WINNING!
Here are some actionable tips for using more picturesque, descriptive language in your content.