Thursday, October 30, 2008

Pitch me a story ... quick!

Lots of good stuff in Catherine Ann Jones's book, The Way of Story, but I particularly liked this anecdote of the origin of word, 'pitching', for selling a story.

According to Jones, during the Spanish Inquisition, Torquemada would tell imprisoned playwrights that if they could interest him in an idea, he would let them live long enough to write it. If not, they were dropped into a large vat of boiling tar.

3 comments:

Nik's Blog said...

Has much changed? ;)

Sarah Salway said...

Well, at least the pain is all emotional now!

Nik's Blog said...

Ha, yup!

Seriously though, that is really interesting (and scary). Love the etymological side of things.

N