Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Quidnunc – Wordplay Wednesday™ 07/11/18

Baiting Flies with Honey 

Been spending too much time on social media lately? How can you tell? When you turn it all off, and you’re still fuming and frowning. Ya know, that isn’t good for the facial lines or the blood pressure.

Sometimes I yell at the computer screen, so I won’t be tempted to post in public what I really think. If you’re tempted to comment on a particularly offensive post, and start with “You big mouth, lying meddler …” STOP! With a wry grin, try this instead … “I have a right to my opinion. Don’t be such a …”
QUIDNUNC (kwidʹnuŋk’) n. – an inquisitive, gossipy person, busybody. [WW #172]

Generally, the wording is much more derogatory than quidnunc, when perusing the idiocy that pervades online. It occurred to me recently while researching, the word “social” should be replaced with ANTIsocial. It’s a better definition for what it has become: “2) against the basic principles of [polite] society, harmful to the welfare of the people generally” …

There are ways to complain, refute and argue without defamation, inflammatory emotion, and truly vile rhetoric, wouldn’t you agree? Want to turn someone to your POV? It’s true … you catch more flies with honey. What you do with them once you have them, is up to you.

Now we have a term that will make us smile as we ponder the preponderance of social panic. Quidnunc is simply fun to say. Of course, that doesn’t fix the social platforms’ bullying … alas, we have unleashed a monster that cannot be tamed.

Sadly, we have smashed to pieces an old, beloved adage, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Though not completely true, it was a great comeback line.

However small a drop in the bucket, I have severely limited my time perusing the monster’s collective quidnuncs’ hateful, manipulating, abhorrent, and destructive patter. Life’s angst without it is enough.

How much more pleasant our online experiences would be, if we ALL practiced civilities in our criticisms and protests. Much more productive.

Word Challenge: QUIDNUNC. This could be a great word for millennials who tend to eschew everything that went before them. Town gossip and busybodies are so yesterday. Whatever your generation, consider updating your vocabulary with a smile, as you fit quidnunc into your week of alternative 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) 


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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