Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Orotund – Wordplay Wednesday™ 04/18/18


A Word by any other Name is … Confusing 

Oh, I just don’t know. Can’t make up my mind. Is it vibrant and pleasant, or irritatingly arrogant? Neither … both …

OROTUND (ōrʹɘ tund’) adj. – 1) clear, strong, and deep, resonant, said of the voice; 2) bombastic or pompous; said of a style of speaking or writing. [ WW #160]

Thinking back to language origins, I’m sure they were meant to develop simply, presenting an orotund and easier way to communicate than hieroglyphs and petroglyphs.

Question #1: At what point did languages become so complicated and convoluted?

Apparently, when we began traveling around the globe and merging various languages to communicate. You would think by now, we'd all understand each other, wouldn't you?

Our word this week is a perfect example. On the one hand, orotund is pleasing in its robust voice, from the Latin “ore rotundo,” or “with round mouth.” However, use it to describe an onerous person or acrimonious writing, and it becomes rather irritating. How did it attract two oddly dissimilar meanings?

More to the point, in writing especially, how are we to know which meaning is meant or appropriate when the context is vague?

Consider Question #2* below in which I use orotund in a vaguely descriptive way. Not all minds think alike. Some of you might perceive it as a “clear and strong” description, while others consider it “pompous.”

By 1792 we already had “pompous” (14 c.) and “resonant” (1590s). Why add anything to the mix? Such could be said of many words in the English language. Just another example of humans going to the extreme, overdoing and overthinking, as usual, don’t you think?

Let’s face it. It’s been centuries since we have needed more words to describe anything. Most of our “new” words come about as colloquial or slang that eventually muscle their way into the dictionary.

*Question #2: Why not establish a dictionary of core words that comprise accepted, orotund language, and let the slang terms run their course, as they generally do?

Imagine how thin the dictionary would be if we stripped out the superfluous words to what is truly necessary to communicate satisfactorily and effectively. (Hmmm, an action that also should be applied to our governments …)

Of course, I’m saying all this with tongue-in-cheek as I foist upon you yet another word for your voluminous vocabulary. Do as I say, not as I do—right parents (and politicians)?!

Word Challenge: OROTUND.  Sometimes Spring Cleaning shouldn’t be relegated only to the house. Choose your cleansing actions carefully as piles for recycling and trash grow. How can you simplify your life as you fit orotund into your week of streamlined writings?

Learning knows no prejudices or boundaries, and it isn’t fattening! Expanding your mind is a no-cost simple joy. Do you feel that way too? Share your comments below, about Wordplay Wednesday or learning in general. Look forward to cyber-meeting you!

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

                       



LinDee Rochelle is a writer and editor by trade, and an author by way of Rock & Roll. She has published two books (of three) in her Blast from Your Past series, available on Amazon (eBook and print): Book 1Rock & Roll Radio DJs: The First Five Years 1954-1959; and Book 2Rock & Roll Radio DJs: The Swinging Sixties. Coming soon, … The Psychedelic Seventies!

E-N-D
 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Thetic – Wordplay Wednesday™ 04/11/18


Are You Blind to Change? 
What if sailors in a race wore blinders like horses on a track? Blocking out distractions often works for horses. Doggedly ignoring the constant changes around you, however, is often debilitating.
 
THETIC (thetʹik) adj. – set forth dogmatically, prescribed (adv. – thetically )  [ WW #159]

There is a time and place for a rigid, thetic attitude. Occasional assertiveness (not to be confused with aggressiveness) is necessary.

It’s the flexible person who’s willing to listen to the sounds in the wind and adjust their sails to take advantage of life’s breezes and storms, though, who are happiest and travel the furthest.

Take off your blinders and view your place in the whole scope of life. What can you do to insert thetic practices where it’s to your benefit, while remaining adaptable to the changing climate around you?

Word Challenge: THETIC. Life is a daily challenge of minor and major choices. We won’t always make the right decisions; but attacking them with a constantly aggressive, thetic attitude ensures failure. Consider a course not taken. Has its time come? Ponder alternatives as you fit thetic into your week of formerly rigid writings.

Learning knows no prejudices or boundaries, and it isn’t fattening! Expanding your mind is a no-cost simple joy. Do you feel that way too? Please share your comments below, about Wordplay Wednesday or learning in general.

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

                       

LinDee Rochelle is a writer and editor by trade, and an author by way of Rock & Roll. She has published two books (of three) in her Blast from Your Past series, available on Amazon (eBook and print): Book 1Rock & Roll Radio DJs: The First Five Years 1954-1959; and Book 2Rock & Roll Radio DJs: The Swinging Sixties. Coming soon, … The Psychedelic Seventies!

E-N-D
 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Viva voce – Wordplay Wednesday™ 04/04/18


Share it With the World! 

Tired of the already old cliché “OMG! It’s gone viral!” Try something new with a pinch of class …

VIVA VOCE (viʹvɘ vōsē) – by word of mouth, orally.  [ WW #158]

For instance, if you’re reading this and enjoy my weekly forays into our incredibly complex, tangled words of mangled wisdom, first, thank you! And then … please tell your friends! Yes, this is a shameless ploy asking you to share Wordplay Wednesday viva voce!

Think of your friends’ new-found respect for you, to know that you actually engage in daily (okay, at least weekly) learning adventures! Although viva voce is Medieval Latin in origin, the term is still in the dictionary. Together, we can elevate the English vocabulary to a level it hasn’t seen in centuries.

Languages are beautiful, and learning knows no prejudices or boundaries. It isn’t fattening or just a fascinating folly. Expanding your mind is a no-cost simple joy. Do you feel that way too? Share your comments below.

Word Challenge: VIVA VOCE. Smile, as you learn a new word and fit viva voce into your week of pleasurable, shared writings.

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

                       



LinDee Rochelle is a writer and editor by trade, and an author by way of Rock & Roll. She has published two books (of three) in her Blast from Your Past series, available on Amazon (eBook and print): Book 1Rock & Roll Radio DJs: The First Five Years 1954-1959; and Book 2Rock & Roll Radio DJs: The Swinging Sixties. Coming soon, … The Psychedelic Seventies!

E-N-D