Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Cachinnate – Wordplay Wednesday™ 07/24/2019

Writing Laughter with a Loud Voice

From kindergarten on, it was not so much her talking, but the loudness of her laughter and voice that often resulted in a reprimand. Some are plagued naturally with “big voices,” while others cultivate them to command or irritate, like …

CACHINNATE (kakʹɘ nātʹ) vi. – to laugh loudly or too much (n. – cachinnation) [WW #226]

Have you been accused of disrupting the quiet of many a room … classroom … boardroom … even the bathroom (where sound reverberates) … with laughter? Stop apologizing!
Tom Hanks chilled his boisterous charm to play Mr. Rogers.

Happy laughter is good for the soul, and often contagious to engage everyone in your sincere hilarity.

If you genuinely cachinnate with glee, there is nothing to apologize for if you’re a little loud; unless of course, you’re attending a funeral or other truly inappropriate setting. (Which doesn’t mean you can’t turn away and giggle without sound, uncontrollably.)

It’s those whose cachinnation is obviously done for show or purposeful disruption that grate on our nerves. We can tell the difference. There is a derisive quality to the sound that rings hollow from its raucous beginning to painful end. It is not joyful, nor funny.

However, attaching a cachinnate aspect to a character in your novel, or describing a true scene in your memoir or other non-fiction book, adds instant insight to your subject.

Word Challenge: CACHINNATE. Ruminate and recall your reaction to a person of such ilk, as you slip cachinnate into your week of humorous 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. 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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