Director Oliver Stone got credit for directing with some verve and action, but many found the plot wanting.
And a candidate with some verve— Michele Bachmann comes to mind—is catnip for the cameras.
And so the question now is not only whether Ryan can reenergize the Romney campaign with his vision and verve.
1690s, "special talent in writing," from French verve "enthusiasm" (especially pertaining to the arts), in Old French "caprice, odd humor, proverb" (12c.), probably from Gallo-Romance *verva, from Latin verba "(whimsical) words," plural of verbum "word" (see verb). Meaning "mental vigor" is first recorded 1803.