Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Wordplay Wednesday™ May 24, 2017 – Nacre

Pearls of Wisdom 

Some things in life simply must shine … no matter what.
We have long been fascinated by shiny baubles and many—especially in the jewelry and marine biology industries—will know this week’s word.

But this is a nod to those who love luster without knowing or caring why. It’s time you learn … it isn’t nice to ignore Mother Nature …

NACRE (nāʹkɘr) n. Mother-of-Pearl; NACREOUS (nāʹkrē ɘs) adj. of or like nacre; yielding nacre; iridescent; lustrous. [WW #113]

And you thought it meant adding “N” for nature to acre, right? Well, in many cases, nacre does describe the beauty and wonder of Mother Nature.

Nacre is for example, the layer of inner shell of some mollusks that through nature’s divine development, creates the outer layer of a pearl, and is widely exploited for its multiple uses.

A common jewelry element, Mother-of-Pearl carving is a Bethlehem tradition established by Franciscan friars of Italy, dating back to the 15th century.

Although also a great way to shorten a shimmering description for tight word-count uses, nacre does not bring to mind the instant recognition of luminous brilliance.

Nacre is nice, but Mother Nature’s phrase is much more eloquent. Somehow, I can’t see “nacres of wisdom” becoming as iconic as “pearls of wisdom,” can you?

Word Challenge: NACRE. What is nacreous in your life? It doesn’t have to be jewelry. Think about it as you fit nacre into a lustrous week of iridescent writing!

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


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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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