Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Goblin – Wordplay Wednesday™ 10/03/18

Don’t Be Afraid ~ Well Maybe a Little … 

They're creepy and they're kooky | mysterious and spooky | they're altogether ooky … October’s Wordplay Wednesday! Well yeah, and “Wednesday” in The Addams Family of course!

Grabbing a script page from one of the funnest* spooky shows ever to spin a web over your television, we’re exploring the weird and wacky words of Halloween this month. (*I know it isn’t a word. It should be.)

Let’s jump right in the witch’s cauldron with a word we’re all familiar with, but are we really?  

19th Century goblin ~ Unknown Artist
GOBLIN (gäbʹlin) n. (folklore) – an evil or mischievous spirit often represented in pictures as humanlike and ugly or misshapen in form. [WW / SPOOKY #184]

A common Halloween word, have you ever stopped to ask exactly what a goblin is? It hit me as I perused the news and stumbled on a headline obviously meant to capitalize on the time of year and grab our attention. It got mine …

If you’re into planets and the solar system, this is an article for you! “… there is a growing suspicion that our solar system’s distant reaches conceal a large, ninth planet that we have not yet seen. New findings about a small ice world far beyond Pluto buttress this idea.… which they have nicknamed the Goblin.”

It’s sad that a world we have only just (almost) discovered is already saddled with such an onerous moniker, but it gives us the first “spooky” word of Wordplay Wednesday’s Halloween month to play with!

Gollum clip Lord of the Rings
Now, the dictionary paints the creepy sprites in a revolting picture; and Wikipedia even makes the little guys out as “monstrous.” But those words are generalized and since they’ve been around for centuries, goblins’ physical descriptions are varied. Let your imagination run wild in picturing them.

Perhaps think Gollum, in Lord of the Rings. In movie descriptions, he’s called a “hobbit,” but seriously, compare him to the 19th century image above …

So goblins are a perfect Halloween costume, because guys always have a tough time coming up with a costume that’s masculine, skimpy, and doesn’t involve a gun (since even fake ones can get you into trouble with the real law). Ok, nevermind that a goblin is supposed to be small and disgusting … a raggedy loincloth doesn’t cost much, so you’re saving a few dollars!
2018 Galveston firefighter
No? Fine, be a hunky, half-dressed calendar firefighter … again. I was just trying to help, guys. And by the way, the party’s at my place. (Just kidding!)

Word Challenge: GOBLIN. According to Wiki, “They are ascribed various and conflicting abilities, temperaments and appearances depending on the story and country of origin.” So there you have it! Free rein to use your imagination, as you fit goblin into your week of monstrous 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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