Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Syzygy – Wordplay Wednesday™ 07/17/2019

Spacey Word for a Spacey Week 

This week’s word is chosen solely for its spacey connection. After all, Saturday, July 20th is the 50th anniversary of the US Moon Walk! What a glorious day … then and now … not only for America, but the world.

Do you recall exactly where you were at the time (don’t we all?). I was sweltering through the summer in a Podunk California desert town, with a black-and-white television set blaring throughout the large laundromat.

Some things simply cannot be glorified. Like my life. But still … it was history in the making …

SYZYGY (sizʹɘ jē) n. – 1) a pair of things, esp. a pair of opposites; 2) Astron. a configuration of three celestial bodies, as of the sun, earth, and moon during an eclipse, in an approximately straight line; 3) Gr. & Latin Prosody a measure of two feet, as a dipody / syzygial adj. [WW #225]

With its tongue-twisting spelling, syzygy is unique and not only a divinely odd word with its lack of standard vowels, but each meaning is cleverly unrelated to the others. From a pair, to celestial configuration of three, to a two-foot measurement … syzygy is certainly versatile.

And that’s great news for writers! I glommed on to the sun-earth-moon designation, but the other two have merit, as well; distinctive when applied to both fiction and non-fiction.

Sharon mused, “You know, John and Emily’s rapport personifies syzygy with their opposites-attract relationship.” Or, “The syzygial space between airplane seats is rudely unforgiving.” Let your readers mull over that peculiar sound on their tongue; and venerate you for introducing it to them.

Word Challenge: SYZYGY. Think about its marvelous flexibility as you slip syzygy into your week of triple-threat writing. (Multi-talented: fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.)

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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