Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Extirpate – Wordplay Wednesday™ 03/28/18

Spring Cleaning with Meaning! 

Yes, it’s getting that time of year when we stretch, yawn, eye the winter’s dust and clutter … and go back to sleep. Zzzzzzzzzzz … wake up! ‘Tis time to do more than vacuum around everything …

EXTIRPATE (eksʹtɘr pāt) vt. – 1) to pull up by the roots, root out; 2) to destroy or remove completely, exterminate, abolish. [ WW #157]

Oh, where to begin?! Extirpate can apply to so many areas of life! Politics comes quickly to mind, as do drug cartels, violence, sexual predators; and that’s just society in general. We could use a wide, sweeping Spring Cleaning all around the country. However …

Thinking more personally, perhaps extirpate is a little harsh for Spring cleaning and gardening; it aptly applies though, to pulling yourself up by the roots, to move cross country or across town. 

Or sticking around home, you may be determined to extirpate the little garden buggers that in past planting seasons, have terrorized your tomatoes, lovely tulips, or window box garden.

Yes, Spring brings squeaky-clean and bright to mind as we shake the doldrums of winter to extirpate its lethargy, and welcome life to a re-awakening season.

Cheers to Spring!
Word Challenge: EXTIRPATE. In society and our lives, it’s time to re-assess our needs and goals for the “toss” and “keep” lists, as you fit extirpate into your week of springy writings.

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


LinDee Rochelle is a writer and editor by trade, and an author by way of Rock & Roll. She has published two books (of three) in her Blast from Your Past series, available on Amazon (eBook and print): Book 1Rock & Roll Radio DJs: The First Five Years 1954-1959; and Book 2Rock & Roll Radio DJs: The Swinging Sixties. Coming soon, … The Psychedelic Seventies!


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