Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Fanfaronade – 200th Wordplay Wednesday™ 01/23/2019

Welcome to Wordplay’s 200th Weird & Wondrous Word!

As I pound the keys for Wordplay Wednesday’s TWO HUNDREDTH week, I can’t help but marvel at the advancement of writing through the ages.

25 centuries old tablet image authored by Bjørn Christian Tørrissen
From primitive drawings on cave walls to ancient papyrus filled with hieroglyphs, to automatic speech recognition (ASR) software, humans have an innate need to express themselves: “As beer was a very popular beverage in ancient Mesopotamia, many of the earliest records extant have to do with the sale of beer.” Cool.

In my humble opinion, however, computers have all but extinguished our unique individuality in not only what we write, but the artistic flair with which we once wrote. Who pens like John Hancock anymore?! 

The Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association reminds us, “Though computers and e-mail [and texting] play an important role in our lives, nothing will ever replace the sincerity and individualism expressed through the handwritten word.”

In that mindset, let’s celebrate and support the art of handwriting, with National Handwriting Day! Today, pull out a tablet or grab a piece of printer paper, and your favorite pen or pencil, and write something. Even if it’s just a grocery list. Give it some flair!

While you write, excuse me for giving myself a pat on the back for bringing you the 200th Wordplay Wednesday, with much …

FANFARONADE (fanʹfɘ rɘ nādʹ) n. – boasting talk or showy action, bluster.  [WW #200]

Whether you blow your own horn, or trumpet someone else’s good deeds and accolades, make fanfaronade a part of your vocabulary … because everyone deserves an eleven-letter word in their honor, once in a while.

Word Challenge: FANFARONADE. Look around you—does someone in your office, family, or circle of friends merit a little fanfaronade as you work it into your week of celebratory 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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