Sorkinism

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Sorkin +‎ -ism

Noun[edit]

Sorkinism (countable and uncountable, plural Sorkinisms)

  1. (neologism) The characteristic style of Aaron Sorkin (born 1961), American screenwriter, producer, and playwright, known for rapid-fire dialogue and extended monologues.
    • 2015, Mark Kingwell, Measure Yourself Against the Earth: Essays, page 49:
      A comical pitch of unchilled Sorkinism is reached at one point in Twenty Minutes, when he once again resorts to “asshole,” albeit under his breath, after being bumped by two buggy-pushing, cellphone-yakking moms in SoHo.
    • 2016, Clive James, Play All: A Bingewatcher's Notebook, page 77:
      He did better with The Newsroom, which, instead of being about theater, is really about news, and therefore is practically about politics, the field which best answers Sorkin's theatrical instincts. My whole family has binge-watched all three seasons at least once each, and Claerwen finds it an honorable development in Sorkinism. So, after a long pondering, do I, but I still think that the key man is the weak link.