you go word girl!

Submitted by la miller on 29 April, 2009 - 01:31

Run, don't walk, to your nearest TV and watch [w:Word Girl] on PBS. Srsly, this show rocks. Superhero Word Girl's got a bountiful vocabulary and a sidekick monkey named Captain Huggy Face. How fabulous is that?

[|] recently spoke to the show's creator: How did you come up with the idea for Word Girl?

Dorthea Gillim: I trace the origins back to my love of language, which started when I was in ninth grade and asked for a dictionary for Christmas. Not just any dictionary; it had to be the Random House Unabridged Dictionary. I was the kid who marked all the words I looked up. I've always aspired to be eloquent and articulate, because I come from a family of great orators and I never felt like I measured up. I thought it would be cool if eloquence was a super power. I knew I wanted to create a new character for kids. I wanted it to be a girl and I wanted her to be ethnically ambiguous so all kids could identify with her. She has all the powers of Superman, but then she's got eloquence too.

Perhaps all hope is not lost for the rhetorical capacity of the Twitter generation.