Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Manqué – Wordplay Wednesday™ 12/26/18

Find Your Bright Spot in Dark Year 

Ah yes, we’re at that enigmatic time of year when we over-analyze the previous eleven months (or more), second-guess what-were-we-thinking decisions, and spotlight our shortcomings, even if basking in the height of success. ’Tis the season for …

MANQUÉ (mänʹ) adj. – 1) that falls short of the goal; unsuccessful or defective; 2) potential but unrealized, would-be, placed after the noun it modifies (also manquéeʹ; fem.)  [WW #196]
Fortunately, we are also in the season of eternal hope, as one eve of glittering fireworks gives way to the bright dawn of a New Year’s clean slate. With a new beginning before us, we can face what manqué results lurk in the shadows of 2018 and wipe them out with optimistic resolution.

Manqué makes failure sound less onerous, don’t you think? Yet it allows us to acknowledge that within the imperfect and flawed, potential may still linger to lift our spirits, with an accent on refreshing, rejuvenating, and rejoicing.

Ah yes, love it when we stumble on the occasional cosmopolitan word that enters into and enhances the English language. The dictionary is a reflection of our multicultural country and a gem such as manqué can add worldly literary flair to your writing, with a flourish.

Word Challenge: MANQUÉ. Even as you revel in the New Year’s Eve revelry, look forward to the morrow with hope and enthusiasm, as you fit manqué into your week of optimistic 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 about pioneering R&R Radio DJs. The true behind-the-mic tales make GREAT Holiday Gifts 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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