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) 



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