Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Quinquagenarian – Wordplay Wednesday™ 06/26/2019

Confounding Age with a Word and a Smile 

Feeling old? Shucks. You’re only as old as you feel, right? After all, our sister-site says, no matter how many times you’re 39 and Holding againAge is a Number … LIFE is ATT-i-tude!

What can you do to feel young again? Smile! Or smirk. Or grin. Or flat-out belly laugh! You don’t even need a reason, and may find you feel younger instantly.

“Science has shown that the mere act of smiling can lift your mood, lower stress, boost your immune system and possibly even prolong your life.” (“Smiling can trick your brain into happiness — and boost your health”; 11/28/17)

So if sixty is the new forty, and fifty the new thirty, this word will take you ‘til you’re ninety (in any context) to master its tongue-twisting pronunciation …

QUINQUAGENARIAN (kwin’kwɘ jɘ nerʹē ɘn; kwiŋ’-) adj. – 50 years old, or between the ages of 50 and 60 (n. a person of this age). [WW #222]  

The fifteen-letter tongue-twister is a mouthful. I’ve practiced … and still can’t pronounce quinquagenarian correctly three times in a row.

Surely there must be somewhere, sometime, in your writings or conversation that you can pop quinquagenarian out to the amazement and amusement of your readers and friends. Go ahead. I dare ya!

Word Challenge: QUINQUAGENARIAN. Think ageless with a twinkle and a smirk, as you slip quinquagenarian into your week of age-appropriate 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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