What is it about the word verve? It does absolute­ly noth­ing for me, and it real­ly seems like it should do. I nev­er use in writ­ing nor in speech; it nev­er even occurs to me to do so.

It is a char­ac­ter­ful, even eccen­tric word. It could even be quirky. It seems, on paper, to be such a me word. So why should my mind so utter­ly boy­cott its employ­ment with­out any con­crete direc­tion from me, its nom­i­nal mas­ter? It is a mys­tery, and prob­a­bly not one worth the effort to solve.

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