Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Obtrude – Wordplay Wednesday™ 06/12/2019

Pushing Your Words Around  

Do you know “intrude” has a fraternal twin?

OBTRUDE (ɘb trōōdʹ, äb-) vt. – 1) to thrust forward, push out, eject; 2) to offer or force (oneself, one’s opinions, etc.) upon others unasked or unwanted [syn. intrude].  [WW #220]  

It’s the quiet twin. One of those words that sits in the background, waiting for someone to remember it exists. Obtrude is considered a common word, but apparently not common enough in daily conversation.

You may be more familiar with obtrude’s relative, “obtrusive,” which in addition to pushy, adds conspicuous and garish to its definition repertoire.

“It was absolutely discourteous. With one obtrude shove, she sashayed in front of us up to the door. It was such an obtrusion!” Or … it was so obtrusive! Take your pick.

Try adding it to your casual conversation and count the quizzical looks or uncomfortable silences while your chat-mates struggle to recall its meaning. And how many break down with humility to ask what you said?

Word Challenge: OBTRUDE. While projecting oneself, or a character in a book, consider the intrusive attitude of this word, as you slip obtrude into your week of opinionated prose.

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. 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!]

Note: Dictionary definitions are quoted from Webster’s New World College Dictionary.


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