Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Wordplay Wednesday™ July 1, 2015 – Fetial: not fecal

Are you familiar with a FETIAL? Ancient Romans didn't wage war without one.

FETIAL – (fēʹshɘl) n. in ancient Rome, any of a group of priests who gave advice in the conduct of war, diplomatic negotiations, etc.

Kind of a conflict of interest wouldn’t you say? And it could be mistaken for fecal – you know what that means … 

Joke! Joke! Please don’t vilify me. It’s just a fun play on words (hence, “Wordplay”!). Of course, war isn’t funny – but we need to return to a way of lightening the mood in times of stress, by way of humor, regardless the topic.

This weekend’s Freedom Holiday is a great time to start.

Did you notice? The definition of fetial began with, “in ANCIENT Rome,” groups of priests counseled war leaders. Yet we have learned nothing since the 8th century B.C. Sadly, humor, once an American pastime of relief from daily life, has been crushed by violence …

The world has lost its sense of humor to the vagaries of a new war that does more than kill – it replaces humor with hate.

We are so politically correct that we can’t write (or say) anything these days without offending someone to the point of violence.Has the world forgotten that age-old adage, You can’t please all the people all the time? And we shouldn’t have to try.

Even if we aim for the majority, we’re more likely to land somewhere in the muddied middle.

As a writer, I look for the humor in everything. As a person – I am offended at my words being measured by a politically correct pseudo-fetial. Don’t tread on my words.

Have I ever “stuck my foot in my mouth”? More times than I can count – and this might be one of them – but then, I’m not known for my mathematical skills. (And I really need to get tastier shoes.)

That will never stop me from speaking my opinion, nor should it you

Freedom is more than release from bindings, flag symbolism, or love of money. (Though I wouldn’t mind a bit more of the latter!) 

And while I don’t believe in war or violence of any kind – with fetial or otherwise – I will unequivocally defend my right to speak. Even if you think it’s fecal.
(C’mon, laugh – that was funny!)

Cheers to your freedom ~ and have a safe and Happy 4th of July!

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