Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Rubric – Wordplay Wednesday™ 01/24/18

rop the Old, Make Way for the New

Whatever happened to the drop cap? Once a staple of book beginnings, it seems to have disappeared into the annals of time. Too bad. It’s a majestic way to begin anew, a story of intrigue, romance, or adventure.

Give your writing a New Beginning, with …

RUBRIC (rōōʹbrik) n. – 1) in early books and MS, a chapter heading, initial letter, specific sentence, etc., printed or written in red, decorative lettering, etc.; 2) any heading, title, etc, as of a chapter or section; 3) a direction, as in a prayer book, for conducting religious svcs.; 4) an explanatory comment, or gloss; 5) the title or a heading of a law; 6) an established custom or rule of procedure. [WW #148]  

Wow. The dictionary gurus must have been tokin’ a bit o’ the weed and letting their minds wander on this one. The lengthy description is an anomaly for dictionaries. Generally, short and succinct definitions are anticipated. As with life, expect the unexpected, and enjoy the meaning.

Word Challenge: RUBRIC. Also like life, writing is chock-full of New Beginnings. Some open with moments of quiet instigation; while others may descend on you with bold rubric. Consider your next New Beginning, as you fit rubric into your week of fresh writings.

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



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