Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Exiguous – Wordplay Wednesday™ 05/09/18

Ready or not, we’re well on our way to summer. What I have never understood is how a minuscule swath of cloth cut into two pieces and called a swimsuit, can cost more than a shoulder-to-ankle muumuu. Such elitism begs for a ten-dollar description …

EXIGUOUS (eg zigʹyōō ɘs) adj. – scanty, little, small, meager. [WW #163]  
There. Now don’t we feel better calling the high-dollar bikini exiguous, rather than just plain skimpy? "Two, three, four, tell the people what she wore ... ♪"

That iconic summer song probably wouldn’t have made it to the lowest rung on the top 100 chart, called “Itsy Bitsy Exiguous Yellow Polkadot Bikini.” But I dare say, the song’s innocent effect on our psyche to accept the risqué snippets of cloth into our ‘60s radically changing mores, would still have happened.  
And, you're welcome! If you're reading this article after May 18, 2018, you have a fun, vintage song running endlessly through your mind, like this struggling comic character writer. 😎
Ursula Andress in "Dr. No" bikini

Word Challenge: EXIGUOUS. In a world where it seems everything of worth is big and expansive, remember, many good things come in small packages. Think minimal and delightful, as you fit exiguous into your week of slight but significant writings.

Learning knows no prejudices or boundaries, and it isn’t fattening! Expanding your mind is a no-cost simple joy. Do you feel that way too? Share your comments below, about Wordplay Wednesday or learning in general. What’s your inspiration?

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


*Brian Hyland is still raking in the dough from this itsy bitsy teenie weenie record, first released in June of 1960. It hit #3 on WEEP/Pittsburgh Pennsylvania’s top 40 for week of July 30th. Perfect record, perfect summer, perfect timing!

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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