Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Bugaboo – Wordplay Wednesday™ 10/24/18

Witches and Goblins, and Ghosts – Oh My!

As I was going up the stair, I met a man who wasn't there. He wasn't there again today. Oh, how I wish he'd go away (Anonymous) … Boo! 

What do we love about being artificially* scared? The adrenaline rush? A heartbeat that threatens to explode and lets us know we’re alive? The feeling of thankfulness when we know it’s the end of a horror movie or scary amusement park ride?

Probably all of the above. And Halloween is our annual culmination of fun fear. Of course, there are many reasons to celebrate Halloween, All Saints Day, and the fall harvest that have nothing to do with fear. However, from skinned grapes (slimy eyeballs) to fake hairy spiders, we revel in its celebration of …

BUGABOO (bugʹɘ bōō’) n. – a bugbear; 1) an imaginary hobgoblin or terror used to frighten children into good conduct; 2) anything causing seemingly needless or excessive fear or anxiety. [SPOOKY / WW #187

Though the dictionary prefaces its definition with “bugbear,” that just doesn’t have the same eerie sound to it, as bugaboo. A likely product of the 16th century, its reputed to have two possible origins—both which can cause unease.

“Bucca-boo,” an early word for devil or specter thanks to the Cornish (Celtic), is bad enough, but “bugibu” which is closer in sound, defines an evil demon that made its way into “Aliscans,” a mid-1100s Medieval French poem.

Either way, bugaboo is a spooky dude to beware of … or turn on the light to realize it’s just a shadow on the wall.

* I say “artificially scared,” because there is nothing fun and exciting about real fear. Yet, we seek fake fear in scream-queen movies, monster flicks, and of course, Halloween. Go figure.

Word Challenge: BUGABOO. Reckon with your fears of the season as you fit bugaboo into your week of terrifying 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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