Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Fug – Wordplay Wednesday™ 11/29/17

Your Nose Knows

From the scent of baking pies and boiling potatoes, to a roomful of people with floating aromas of lotions, potions, and potables—not to mention kids’ dirty didees—trust your nose to twitch with the …   

FUG (fug) n. –  the heavy air in a closed room, regarded as either oppressive and murky or warm and cozy (Chiefly British). [WW #140]

Have you ever suffered through a stuffy Holiday gathering with the fug of heavy kitchen aromas, blended with the heavier scent of Aunt Shirley’s perfume, and old Uncle Henry’s heavy sweat, swirling in a battle for your nose twitches?

May all your experiences with Holiday fug eschew the oppressive and bring peace, warmth, and the flow of cozy air to your soul.

Word Challenge: FUG. Good ventilation is the key to a Holiday without the stench of fug. Unless of course, it’s the warm fuzzy kind. Consider the source and the season as you fit fug into your week of aromatic writings.

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



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) 



Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Quotidian – Wordplay Wednesday™ 11/15/17

Same-O-Same-O! But What If …? 

Need to get the hum humming in your ho-hum day? Identify those aspects that make life boring and “routine.” Flex your mindful muscles, and get off the same old carousel! 

It’s nearly time for a New Year. Look ahead … start now with new life experiences and retire the …

QUOTIDIAN (kwō tidʹe ɘn) adj. – 1) daily, recurring every day; 2) everyday, usual or ordinary; –n. anything, esp. a fever, that recurs daily. [WW #138]

From the tip of your head—same old quotidian hairstyle you’ve had for a decade, to the tip of your pointy-toed shoes—find a new experience in an excursion where you can walk, ride, or mindfully float away from quotidian habits.

Adventure should always be a part of life. Yes, at any age. Even if it’s all in your mind …

Our memories and imaginations are a wonderful thing. Exercise your right to escape the quotidian banalities of your day. Take a quixotic stroll down Memory Lane, back to some good ol’ days; or propel yourself into a fantasy of exotic adventures, all without leaving your chair, if need be.

We’re told it isn’t healthy to agonize over the “what-ifs” of life, as they apply to missed opportunities. I was recently reminded that looking forward with positive what-ifs for the future, can thrust you out of your quotidian present, to imagine the what-ifs of tomorrow. Where might you find new, better opportunities? (Take a bow, Ron, for that imaginative response to my lame lament.)

Word Challenge: QUOTIDIAN. Yep, it’s time to start looking backwards and forwards as you update, upgrade, and uplift your life. Dispose of the quotidian as you fit what-ifs into your week of contemplative writings.

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