Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Objurgate – Wordplay Wednesday™ 08/14/2019

You Can’t Turn Back Time … so … Live for Today! 

We know when something we’ve done is not going to be well-received. We’re already kicking ourselves for having done it … said it … written it … and then someone else steps in front of us and adds their two cents’ worth …

OBJURGATE (äbʹjɘr gātʹ, ɘb jɄrʹgāt’) vt. – to chide vehemently, upbraid sharply, rebuke, berate (n(s): objurgation / objurgator; adj.: objurgatory). [WW #229]
Sigh. I don’t know about you, but in my redheaded state of mind, when I know I’m wrong no one else can berate or discipline me harsher than I do myself. Self-objurgation can be sterner and longer lasting than anyone else’s.

However, that doesn’t stop others from judging harshly and doing their best to often make us feel worse. How do you handle an objurgatory attack? Listen. Then walk away …

You can’t turn back time … as one iconic singer (Cher; 1969) soulfully lamented time again over the past thirty years.

If there is nothing that will placate someone who must objurgate even after it’s clear you are penitent, it’s best to give yourself … and them … a break.

Do your best to make things right. And though tomorrow is another day, as we know, there are no guarantees in life, and it can be shorter than we expect … what if tomorrow never comes? Macabre thought? Yes. However, there is also the Grass Roots’ ‘60s anthem, Let’s Live for Today! Just do it.

Word Challenge: OBJURGATE. A great word to use in your writings and conversation when all the common terms have been overused. Remember what it’s like to be on the receiving end, as you slip objurgate into your week of critical 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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