Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Manticore – Wordplay Wednesday™ 10/10/18

All Things Spooky and Weird … 

Gearing up for Halloween is always fun, as each day becomes creepier than the last. Of course, not all are celebrating in costume—some treat it as a Harvest celebration, while others hone in on religious rites.

To each their own is a good philosophy. For me, it’s a wonderful time to recognize the Irish Samhain and revel in the fun and mystique of Halloween.

Looking for a bold new costume to scare and frighten in? Here ya go …

MANTICORE (manʹti kôr’) n. – a mythical monster with the body and legs of a lion, the face of a man, and a tail ending in a sting. [SPOOKY / WW #185]  

If that isn’t a chilling Halloween figure, I don’t know what is. Granted, he isn’t your typical ghost, goblin or witch. Which makes the manticore a perfect costume—unique and terrifying.

Of course, I don’t think you’ll find a manticore costume in your local Halloween shop. Sewing skills may be needed. But’s he’s a thought. Betcha you’d win a Halloween costume contest!

Learn more about this formidable Greek legend: “With its humanoid head, the Manticore was able to make noises and sounds, but due to all accounts, was unable to speak. Instead the Manticore would make musical sounds, which was a tell if you were concerned there was a Manticore in the near vicinity.”

Musical sounds? Now that would be a truly fun party Halloween costume! Your inebriated friends wouldn’t know what to think while you were “talking” in manticore’s musical sounds. Heehee.

I’ll let you ponder this intriguing mythical creature and costume possibility, while I head back to my search for more spooky words!

Word Challenge: MANTICORE. A legend to reckon with! As are many mysterious and weird words that will expand your spooky vocabulary. Think of the bizarre as you fit manticore into your week of wacky 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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