Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Wordplay Wednesday™ November 30, 2016 – Caseous

Cheesy, Chintzy, or Charming? 

I’ve got it! The perfect word for you to describe a really cheesyChristmas gift, without offending your favorite aunt … 
CASEOUS (kāʹsē ɘs) adj. – of or like cheese. [WW #88]

While this word mostly applies to food, cheesy as related to chintzy, often comes to mind when unwrapping Holiday presents.

But as the festive paper falls away, and you struggle to compose your facial features to thank her, think caseous. It sounds so much more elegant … “Why, dah-lng auntie, it’s so perfectly caseous!” 

She’ll never know it’s your next white elephant party contribution.
Although the caseous gift may go in your bin of New Year garage sale items, remember that it ISN’T the gift … it’s the thought that counts. Truly, there is no price on love and affection. Pour her a glass of wine, and give her a warm and fuzzy hug.

Word Challenge: CASEOUS. Cheesy to one person is a blessing to another. Keep your caseous thoughts in perspective as you fit it into your week of gracious Holiday writings.


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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Wordplay Wednesday™ November 23, 2016 – Mazer

At Thanksgiving, the Size of Your Goblet Matters! 

Ah, the smell of Turkey and all the trimmings from Thanksgivings past are filling the air as we anticipate another family feast.

Get-togethers with close and extended family can be a daunting event. So many of us are spread far and wide, and when convening for a festive day, we often find we no longer have anything in common, except tired stories of yesteryear.

Conversation lags—or worse—someone mentions the “P” word (politics), or the “R” word (religion) and supper devolves into stone cold silence.

Don’t let that happen to you!  

Amaze your family and friends with a magnanimous toast … raise your glass to another fine meal (regardless of the truth in that statement), and welcome their warm and fuzzy presence, “May your glass of wine always be as full as your heart and tummies.”

While you’re thinking ... “And may the wine supply never run out as I count the seconds on the clock until this is over!” *

MAZER (māʹzɘr) n. – a large drinking bowl or goblet, originally of hard wood, probably maple, later of metal. [WW #87]

With mazer in hand, you may find that one gem in the room who shares your viewpoint and appreciates your skewed sense of humor. The day has merit after all. 

The bigger the mazer the better. Happy Thanksgiving one and all!

Word Challenge: MAZER. Eat, drink, and be merry with your mazer, as you fit it into your week of drunken … um … Holiday writings.


* The obligatory disclaimer for those who won’t care anyway, and those who misconstrue my wine comments to mean you can be drunk and disorderly—you are SO wrong. Not that you’ll take my advice, but … Always drink (and don’t drive) responsibly. :-)

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Wordplay Wednesday™ November 16, 2016 – Irrupt

Fair Fights and Gracious Winners / Losers  

Is that a myth? Has society ever been that way?

Perhaps it’s only a small number of us who want to live in a somewhat civilized world. Apparently most everyone—especially those who have nothing to do all day, but carp and complain on Social Media and brawl in the streets—would prefer to fight dirty and fling mud.

Never has that been more evident than in this election year, when we have learned more about ourselves and those in power, than we ever truly wanted. Ignorance can indeed, be bliss.

Many dirty little secrets from decades ago actually prove only what we have always known but didn’t want to admit—even those in power are nothing more than human. And obviously, the average human is no pillar of virtue.

From our most revered presidents, certainly our once-admired sports figures, and let’s not forget our golden celebs and the whole entertainment industry, to local notables—in the past decade, we’ve been inundated with exposures of the most disreputable kind.

The problem is discerning the difference between disgraceful and criminal. Unfortunately, Social Media—that mob mentality body of know-it-alls—plays judge, jury, and hangman, whether its collective position is right or wrong, after the facts are revealed.

No one is safe from the “politically correct police” of Social Media. Our idols all have been found to hide warts and worse in their respective closets, viciously flung open for our seedy, voyeuristic inspection.

Frankly m’dears, I don’t give a tinker’s damn.

What I do care about is how any of it affects me—and contrary to media reports, there are millions of others who feel the same way—we just aren’t prone to wasting our precious time on Social Media vilifying people we don’t KNOW, or taking to the streets in violent distractions …

IRRUPT (i ruptʹ) vi. – 1) to burst suddenly or violently; 2 to increase abruptly in size of population. [WW #86]

Please don’t irrupt into indignation at my words—those who live in tolerance and demonstrate PEACEFULLY and constructively, often change the world. I speak my irritation for those who are paid to disrupt with their irruptions, and those who physically and mentally bully anyone who doesn’t see the world through their irruptive, black-eyed glasses.

Isn’t it strange that we staunchly defend our right to speak, yet individually and socially, we condemn those who speak counter to our beliefs, and worse, pass judgement on what is deemed “politically incorrect”?

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Wordplay Wednesday™ November 9, 2016 – Pule

‘Tis Better to Laugh than to Cry 

Trump Team: enjoy the moment and look to a brighter future. Clinton Camp: ‘tis better to laugh than to cry—besides, it runs the mascara.

Whoever was your candidate, today we must stand—together—as “we the people” and move forward to shake off the debilitating pall that has ruled us for the past decade-plus. Without whining 
PULE (pyōōl) vi. – to whimper or whine, as a sick or fretful child does. [WW #85]

Responding to the puling of talking bobbleheads, they clearly have “education,” but no educated connection with majority Americans: neither education nor race denotes intelligence. Common sense does.

Last night, common sense won the election. Governance as usual is not an option.

Good or bad, Trump will CHANGE politics in this country, and THAT is what we, the people voted to happen.

Never underestimate the power of closet voters.

Though the majority vote may belong to Clinton, Trump took the electoral votes that matter—and it was the closet voters who stunned the world and came out of the closet to create the closest presidential race in recent US history.

Today, let’s not pule, but strive to be what we declare “… one Nation, under God, indivisible …” 

A personal note to those unrealistic and ungrateful celebs who puled in recent weeks that they would leave this magnificent country with a Trump win: do let the door hit ya on the way out.

One man or woman does not a country make … go ahead … abandon this majestic Nation of people who put you in your lap of luxury. Makes more room for those who love the USA for all its riches, not just its money and opportunity to flaunt an inflated sense of importance.

Word Challenge: PULE. Whining and crying rarely evokes a positive result—for children or adults. Can you put on a happy face and fit pule into your week of purposeful writings?


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