Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Pendragon – Wordplay Wednesday™ 08/29/18

Flash in the Pan 

Let your imagination fire up with this week’s Wordplay word! Do you know anyone who is all flash and no flame? Your new secret word for them …

PENDRAGON (pen dragʹɘn) n. – supreme chief or leader; a title used in ancient Britain. [WW #179]

Interestingly, pendragon is not relegated to the archaic or obsolete bin in the dictionary. So, what we have here, is an amusing way to refer to oh-so-many faux leaders who, like dragons, love to flash their flames with little to show for it.

Its very reference to dragons makes one wonder why more isn’t offered in its definition, to denote a certain type of leader—at the very least, one to be respected for fierce, forbidding, or even cruel leadership.

On the other dragon wing, one might also envision a commanding yet benevolent ruler, if we’re to believe in legends and fairy tales. Could its origin have derived from “pensive dragon”? A fun and fanciful mashup.

Pendragon is a great word for fact or fiction, but of course, use it wisely, sparingly, and with tolerance, for with dragon in its origin, it still holds a certain enigmatic majesty.

Word Challenge: PENDRAGON.* Although you may want to apply this word with disrespect and derision, it would be sad to besmirch the reputation of the almighty ancient dragons. Perhaps playfully, or with grudging admiration is called for, as you fit pendragon into your week of powerful 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) 

* BTW, Pendragon can be a surname or reference any number of books and TV series titles, so do be solicitous of your usage. However, with Halloween on the moon’s horizon, you may be interested in a costume

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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