Tuesday, July 31, 2018

CLAQUE – Wordplay Wednesday™ 08/01/18

This Old Man Came Rolling Home 

Once upon a time down Memory Lane … “fake” most often referred to brand name knock-offs, eyelashes, and anything Hollywood.

That was then, this is now …

CLAQUE (klak) n. – 1) a group of people paid to go to a play, opera, etc. and applaud; 2) a group of admiring or fawning followers. [WW #175]

Huh. And I always thought those people were simply fanatic fans or fake friends. Now we can super-define clique, with claque, a fun alternative word to skew the context and insert into our writing  

It’s the “etc.” in its definition that we can apply claque to these days, to do more than applaud: paid to gather are demonstrators, protestors, supporters, fake Twitter accounts, lobbyists, journalists (oops … that just slipped in); or in another odd way, employees—like in a well-paid company with lots of benefits. They may hate the job, but … (think, any of the big Alpha companies, wink, wink.) 

Clique, claque, paddywhack, give the dog a bone … hmmm, perhaps a tad too much coffee (or beer, depending on time of day!). Some days need to be a little silly.

Word Challenge: CLAQUE. Inspect the crowd next time you venture wherever groups of people gather. Can you spot the claques, as you fit it into your week of fanciful 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? What’s your inspiration? Share your creative genius and Wordplay Wednesday comments below.

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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