Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Wordplay Wednesday™ June 22, 2016 – Moil

Graduation ~ A Different Kind of Mother’s Day 

I sat next to my daughter-in-law recently on hard metal stadium seats, and happily broiled my nose in the cloud-filtered sun of San Diego’s heatwave, for my granddaughter’s high school graduation ceremony.

During the sweltering wait, I mused on the role of mother, while she appeared to float between seating tiers (it could have been heat exhaustion delirium), taking care of a dozen needs at once. When is a mother’s job done? Never

MOIL (moil) vi. – 1) drudgery, hard work; 2) confusion, turmoil (moiler, n.). [WW #65]

Pretty much sums up motherhood. And a new Penchant for Penning word that (is made up) sums up “mommy toil/moil” – moiling!

Through confusion and turmoil, mothers just always seem to know what to do – or fake it well until it works out anyway. J For every major holiday and moments of celebrations, we oversee the festivities, moiling through the details to ensure that even if events don’t quite go as planned, a good time is had by all. Sound familiar?

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Wordplay Wednesday™ June 15, 2016 – Chouse

Belated Wordplay Wednesday … Timing is Everything

In a perfect world I would write a month’s worth of Wordplay Wednesday posts at one time and only be in a crunch once a month, rather than every freakin’ week. Alas, life is not perfect – as I was reminded yesterday.

Like me, are you feeling cheated and swindled out of your time this week? Who or what is the cattle-rustler-time-swindler in your life?

CHOUSE (chous) vt. – (Brit.) to cheat, swindle; vt. (West) to herd (cattle) roughly. [WW #64]

Doesn’t the 2nd definition kinda reference the first one? You know – like a cattle rustler cheats and swindles his victims? Jus’ sayin’.

And that said, occasionally, time-cheating at the right time for the right reason, should be allowed into your schedule. Especially when it comes to learning about the cheating and swindling of time that can erase our memories.

This week for me, my time was choused for all the right reasons by an event, that as a (early) Boomer, I simply could not miss.

Wednesday’s AARP Aging Summit in San Diego was 1) free, including lunch; 2) featured keynote speaker, super-entertainer, Dick Van Dyke; and 3) provided valuable information about the causes and effects (as we know them today) of dementia, and especially Alzheimer’s – and did I say it was FREE?!

Confusion at conference for dementia …

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Wordplay Wednesday™ June 8, 2016 – Stich not Stitch

Stich – not Stitch – Makes a Wordsmith Twitch!

A stich in time saves nine lines of proper prose. Oh … that isn’t how it goes?

Heehee … you Boomers will recognize a butchered version of the ol’ adage, “A stitch in time saves nine.”*

Thought I misspelled “stitch”? Nope – instead of saving stitches, we’ll pull your string with a line …

STICH (stik) n. – delete that dupe “t” to get: Prosody a line of prose or, esp., of verse. [WW #63]

Example: Where art thou, Muse, that thou forget'st so long
[Shakespeare’s “Sonnet C” (#100) that many a writer knows by heart.]

So it’s almost spelled like “stitch” and it’s pronounced like “stick.” Go figure.

As much as I love words and meanings, I often wish our English language was a tad less complicated, don’t you? Phonetics anyone?

Word of the Week: STICH. Can you fit it into your own line of prose?


*SIDE NOTE: Are you wondering how the adage originated? According to, “This proverbial expression was obviously meant as an incentive to the lazy. It's especially gratifying that 'a stitch in time saves nine' is an anagram for 'this is meant as incentive'!” Cool! Love it when there are mysteries and hidden meanings of language. Enjoy!

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Wordplay Wednesday™ June 1, 2016 – Liminal

Between a Rock and a Hard Spot

This Wordplay Wednesday entry is long overdue. Yesterday I stumbled on a years-old notation of it while vegetating on the threshold of my day …

LIMINAL (limʹi nɘl, līʹmi-) adj. – of or at the limen, or threshold; at a boundary or transitional point between two conditions, stages in a process, ways of life, etc [n. liminality; WW #62]

 Had I actually paid attention to, and/or continued my studies of psychology in college, I likely would have known instantly, what Chuck Lorre referred to in his Vanity Card rant #410. “… we have no choice but to pull together as a nation and make do with the liminal.” Admittedly, I had to look it up. Thanks Chuck!

If you watch the Big Bang Theory, surely you pause the ending credits (a liminal moment before your mind returns to its usual evening numbness) to read Chuck’s rambling rants and raves. If you don’t, or worse, are unaware they’re there because you have an itchy finger on the remote control, you’re missing a grand opportunity to expand – or alternately, explode – your mind. Chuck isn’t just another pretty face writing in TVLand.

A longtime fan of his work, I first encountered Chuck’s quirky vanity cards following the insanely inane but fun antics of Dharma& Greg (1997). I derive as much pleasure from his ramblings as I do his creative characters. Obviously, there is a little of his zaniness in each of them.  

A vanity note to Mr. Lorre:

Has anyone told you recently, you’re not allowed to retire? Ever? And that Stephen Hawking should gather his neuroscientist friends to devise a way to preserve and access your brain (his too, of course) when your body finally dissolves? (I was going to say “decays” but that was too gross.) Your special brand of humor | angst | frustration | vision is greatly appreciated. Of course, many of us not only agree with you but could write vanity cards as well – we just can’t get away with it in Social Media like you can. The average person is vilified as “politically incorrect” for reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. You, however, like Donald Trump, can say anything and you just become more popular. Don’t stop. In fact … run for President … PLEASE??!!

Word of the Week: LIMINAL. Can you fit it into your own vanity card writings?


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