Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Brazenfaced – Wordplay Wednesday™ 07/18/18

Defiance in the Literary World 

Sometimes a word comes along that you think, apparently, once upon a time, it must have been used quite extensively to make the dictionary annals.

Many words, while not ancient, have outlived their glory, yet still not acquired “archaic” in the dictionary. Ever wonder how long it's been since someone wrote or called another …

BRAZENFACED (-fāstʹ) adj. – having, or uttered with, a brazen expression, impudent, shameless. [WW #173]

Oh, no! Not that! If I ever used brazenfaced, surely I was tipsy, trying to make a point in my drunken fog. But there it is, in dictionary black-and-white. Even Microsoft Word’s extensive thesaurus ignores it.

Of course, we still use brazen. It’s a great word for tempering a description of an obnoxiously bold person. But brazenfaced is rather awkwardly long and gangly. Just to say it, forces you to slow down and truly think about it.

As I write this, it’s kinda growing on me. Makes me want to find a place to use it—a word especially suited for fiction, don’t you think?

After his rude denouncement, the brazenfaced Irish redhead turned on her heel with nary a word and stomped off before he could utter another sound.

Your turn!

Word Challenge: BRAZENFACED. Think sassy, as you fit brazenfaced into your week of lively writings. And feel free to share your creative genius with us!

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) 


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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