Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Wordplay Wednesday™ May 17, 2017 – Vaticinate

I Foretell a Short-‘n’-Sweet Wordplay 

Is foretelling the future simply an innate ability to recognize the most probable outcome? Or, is my visceral vision that you’ll enjoy this week’s Wordplay, only wishful thinking?

VATICINATE (vɘ tisʹɘ nātʹ) vt., vi. – to prophesy; predict. [WW #112] Also on this dictionary page, is vatic: of or characteristic of a prophet.

Word Challenge: VATICINATE. Let’s gaze intently into the crystal ball and interpret its revelations to vaticinate a wonderful week of prophetic writing!

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


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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Wordplay Wednesday™ May 10, 2017 – Aqueous Humor

Silly Is as Silly Does … 

Sometimes you just have to find fun in the boredom and details of life. As a wordsmith, my self-entertainment often comes in making up definitions to odd words and phrases before learning their true identity.

This pastime generally comes after a few hours of intense and tedious work. Like today. As I perused words for your Wordplay Wednesday educational experience, I eyed a phrase that instantly translated in my little pea brain to “funny water.”

Its real meaning isn’t nearly so titillating …

AQUEOUS HUMORʹkwē ɘs; hyōōʹmɘr) n. – a watery fluid in the space between the cornea and the lens of the eye. [WW #111]
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And that’s the type of learning that made more than one of us glassy-eyed in school. Definitely more than most of us care to know about the construction of the eye. However, as you age, more or less fluidity of the aqueous humor could indicate glaucoma issues.

So … our short-‘n’-sweet lesson today, is the funny water in your eye is a good thing. And so is a little fun in your day.

Word Challenge: AQUEOUS HUMOR. A definite challenge to incorporate into your daily writings. Consider using a little humor as you fit aqueous humor into your week of alternately silly and serious writings.
Write first for yourself … only then can you write for others. (L.Rochelle)  


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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Wordplay Wednesday™ May 3, 2017 – Indurate

(Day late and a dollar short … traveling does that to you.)
Avoid this Like the Plague … 

In the 1960s and ‘70s, we were idealistic in our rose-colored glasses with heart. Forty years later, there is still hope and idealism, but it is encased in a superficial crust. We have become …

INDURATE (inʹdōo rātʹ) vt. – 1) to make hard; harden; 2) to make callous, unfeeling, or stubborn; 3) to cause to be firmly established; vi. – to become indurated; adj. – hardened. [WW #110]

We have become a society of indurated people, who continue to indurate our offspring, perpetuating intolerance, violence, and debauchery.

Cynical attitude? As much as I am a perpetual optimist, I’m indurated in my own way—hardened against the people of the world who find it necessary or pleasurable to prey on others.

As long as the majority rules with indurated, heavy-handed insolence, atrocities will continue and we will proceed on a path to self-destruction.

Ready for Mars? (NASA / JPL / USGS)
Stephen Hawking is likely right—we should leave Earth within the next 100 years, to survive. Not just due to overpopulation and destruction of Earth, but as the Roman Empire demonstrated, “Following the death of Theodosius I, the last emperor to rule a united Roman Empire, the dominion of the empire was gradually eroded by abuses of power, civil wars, barbarian migrations and invasions, military reforms and economic depression.” Sound familiar?

Our current actions reveal, if the attitudes of leaders don’t transform to a STRONG regard for basic moral and political right and wrong, without hobbling our individual rights, we will continue to create debased, indurated societies.

Word Challenge: INDURATE. Consider how we might reverse our unfeeling, callous and corrupt society, as you fit indurate into your week of hopeful writings.

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


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