Jealous of Doc Emrick

I220px-Mike_Emrickf you don’t know who Doc Emrick is, don’t worry, I’m about to tell you. Though he never learned to skate, Michael “Doc” Emrick is the voice of NHL hockey.

So why am I jealous?

First, I love watching hockey games and Doc has made a living out of doing just that.

emrick-verbsSecond, and most importantly, Doc has a huge vocabulary to describe a singular act. One fan recently kept track of how many different ways Emrick used to say that one hockey player moved the puck along the ice. His final number? 133 different words to describe moving a puck.

As a writer, I am in love with words. That’s why I’m so impressed when I hear people like Emrick finding new words to describe simple things. Sure, he could have just said that this player passed the puck to that player, but if he did that, he wouldn’t be the voice of NHL hockey, would he?

Just for a little exercise now, I’d love for you to think of some different ways/words to explain one thing that you do everyday. Feel free to leave your list in the comments. Let’s all learn a lesson from hockey and expand our vocabulary!

Interested in hearing more about Doc Emrick? Here’s an 5-minute interview that he did with NPR a little while back.

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