Apply Sparingly and Choose Your Battles Carefully
There’s a time and place for this word. However, it should come with a warning label: Not to be displayed as a permanent personality trait. It is best exercised sparingly, lest you be forever branded as a difficult person ...
RECALCITRANT (ri kalʹsi trant) adj. – 1) refusing to obey authority, custom, regulation, etc., stubbornly defiant; 2) hard to handle or deal with (n. a recalcitrant person). [WW #208]
Recalcitrant came to me in an early morn dream-state, its four syllables repeating slowly and incessantly through my not-quite-awake brain.
Redheads are often described as “stubbornly defiant” so I suppose it’s no wonder I applied it to myself while it mulishly pushed me awake.
And Microsoft’s Word dictionary adds a few more rowdy synonyms defining recalcitrant: unruly, intractable, disobedient, and the dreaded, wayward.
However, it’s obvious by the news and plethora of all types of people who push their agenda in recalcitrant obstinacy, that it isn’t “owned” by redheads. We simply personify it.
Word Challenge: RECALCITRANT.As one with a long, recalcitrant history, a word of advice … know when to use it. Lift your head high, and pick your battles for the right reasons as you fit recalcitrant into your week of audacious writing.
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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 1 – Rock & Roll Radio DJs: The First Five Years 1954-1959; and Book 2 – Rock & Roll Radio DJs: The Swinging Sixties. Coming soon … The Psychedelic Seventies!