Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Rillet – Wordplay Wednesday™ 11/22/17

Streaming … Time … Water … Life  

Some days stream along slowly and pleasantly, while others sweep you along on a torrent of flood waters … kinda like how time passes.

RILLET ( rilʹit) n. – a tiny rill; brooklet. [WW #139]

Uh-huh. So I sorta get “brooklet”—but what’s a “rill”? And what does a tiny one look like?

Well, isn’t just a stream—it’s a “small stream.”

The dictionary is full of definitions like this to confuse and compound the English language. Since rillet’s mommy-word is just two entries above, you’re not left scratching your head.  

Often however, looking up A word, you must waste your time rifling through the 1,000+ pages to a completely different letter section, for a definitive meaning, or decide not to bother. Do they know TIME is our most precious commodity?!

Timemay seem to trickle like a rillet while waiting for Happy Hour—but don’t look now—nearly a year’s worth of Happy Hours have gushed away, in a fleeting torrent.  

Beyond that, all I can say, is I hope the rillet of venom, hate, and vilification of human contact that is penetrating the news doesn’t turn in to a delusional flood that destroys human contact altogether. May as well turn the Earth over to the AIs at that point.

Word Challenge: RILLET. On a bright note … it takes a rillet to join a stream that fills a river on its way to the ocean. Start your week of writing with a noodling rillet.

Write first for yourself … only then can you write for others. (L.Rochelle) 



Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Quotidian – Wordplay Wednesday™ 11/15/17

Same-O-Same-O! But What If …? 

Need to get the hum humming in your ho-hum day? Identify those aspects that make life boring and “routine.” Flex your mindful muscles, and get off the same old carousel! 

It’s nearly time for a New Year. Look ahead … start now with new life experiences and retire the …

QUOTIDIAN (kwō tidʹe ɘn) adj. – 1) daily, recurring every day; 2) everyday, usual or ordinary; –n. anything, esp. a fever, that recurs daily. [WW #138]

From the tip of your head—same old quotidian hairstyle you’ve had for a decade, to the tip of your pointy-toed shoes—find a new experience in an excursion where you can walk, ride, or mindfully float away from quotidian habits.

Adventure should always be a part of life. Yes, at any age. Even if it’s all in your mind …

Our memories and imaginations are a wonderful thing. Exercise your right to escape the quotidian banalities of your day. Take a quixotic stroll down Memory Lane, back to some good ol’ days; or propel yourself into a fantasy of exotic adventures, all without leaving your chair, if need be.

We’re told it isn’t healthy to agonize over the “what-ifs” of life, as they apply to missed opportunities. I was recently reminded that looking forward with positive what-ifs for the future, can thrust you out of your quotidian present, to imagine the what-ifs of tomorrow. Where might you find new, better opportunities? (Take a bow, Ron, for that imaginative response to my lame lament.)

Word Challenge: QUOTIDIAN. Yep, it’s time to start looking backwards and forwards as you update, upgrade, and uplift your life. Dispose of the quotidian as you fit what-ifs into your week of contemplative writings.

Write first for yourself … only then can you write for others. (L.Rochelle) 



Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Nonce – Wordplay Wednesday™ 11/08/17

♪ Live for Today! Sha la la la la ♪ 

We are often reminded to live in the present. Especially when faced with fears that await us on a daily basis.

Put your inhibitions aside. Recall fondly, the past—look forward eagerly to the future—but live for today!*

NONCE (näns) n. – the present use, occasion, or time; time being; chiefly in, for the nonce. [WW #137]

Hmmmm. The dictionary didn’t give this word any particular connotation, as in a regional dialect, or foreign expression. I rather thought it sounded like something the British would use.

Apparently though, it’s just a plain ol’ word not often heard. So here you are! Something new to amaze your friends when you slip nonce into conversation or text. (Still think it needs a British accent.)

… Hmmm, the above comment was made before I dove further into the history of nonce. Seems Wiktionary goes beyond the dictionary definition to nonce’s likely origin. “Etymology 3: Contraction of number used once.”

Okay, but above that I found my earlier inflection instincts were spot-on! “Etymology 2: Unknown. UK criminal slang. Possibly originally from dialectal nonce, nonse (“stupid, worthless individual”), or Nance, nance (“effeminate man”), from Nancy boy.” (A derogatory term that we do not condone. 
However, I’m not British, and I much prefer the standard dictionary use, for the nonce. It has a certain je ne sais
quoi… to quote the French. “For the time being” is lifeless … but for the nonce holds charm.

* In case you’re just a young’un and didn’t catch the song reference, we agreed with artists The Grass Roots 50 years ago when fans pushed their bouncy, prophetic tune “Let’s Live for Today,” up to #4 on WCFL/Chicago’s Sound 10 Survey. (June 29, 1967) In the video, vintage TV host and comedian, Jimmy Durante introduced The Grass Roots with, "They don't have a manager, they have a gardener!" Cue the drum-roll.

Word Challenge: NONCE. For those moments when you must stay put, for the nonce. Consider the advantages as you fit nonce into your week of one-and-done writings.

Write first for yourself … only then can you write for others. (L.Rochelle)