Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Obnubilate – Wordplay Wednesday™ 11/13/2019


A Word of Doubtful Clarity 

No need to adjust screen--it's a fuzzy dinner!
Everything a little fuzzy during the Holidays? We have a word for that …

OBNUBILATE (äb nōō’bɘ lāt’) vt. – to make unclear, indistinct, vague, etc. [memories obnubilated by the passage of time] (n. – obnubilation). [WW #242]

To be serious, I can think of no instance in fiction or non-fiction that I would use this word. However, I’ll bet you can! Perhaps I’m not in a creative mood.

Don’t let me stop you from turning your writing into genius prose this week, to use obnubilate in an inventive turn of phrase.

Perhaps your murder mystery character babbled to the investigating officer, to the point of obnubilation. Or (in real life) your student struggled to qualify his/her essay POV, with obnubilated results. (Return the paper with obnubilated scribbled in the margin notes and watch with concealed amusement as confusion plays over the student’s face. A great learning experience!)

Word Challenge: OBNUBILATE. It’s awkward and ambiguous while defining the indefinable … a wonderful challenge as you fit obnubilate into your week of incisive 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 and anytime 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.
Endnote: FYI – All links in the PFP site are personally visited, verified, and vetted. Most are linked to commonly accessed sites of reputable note. However, as with everything cyber-security, use at your own discretion.

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Banausic – Wordplay Wednesday™ 11/06/2019


Turn Ho Hum into Ho, Ho, Ho! 

She waved her hand at the adequate but limp landscape brushwork of the solitary tree in a meadow. Turning bored eyes to her friend, she commented lazily, “REAlly, how …

BANAUSIC (bɘ nôʹsik, -zik) adj. – 1) merely mechanical, 2) materialistic, 3) mundane or utilitarian.(For artisans or mechanics) [WW #241]

The dictionary suggests banausic is applied chiefly to artisans or mechanics; I get the artisan description—can’t you just hear the conversation in an upscale art gallery—but dahling, it’s so banausic! (Don’t forget the drawn-out “ah” sound.) But I’m hard-put to relate it to mechanics … at least, not in the auto industry.

Banausic may be more at home in advanced mechanical applications—the kind a friend at a Holiday party goes on about while we nod with glazed eyes. But let’s stop at what it is and focus on what it is not!  

No matter your activities, the Holiday season is hardly the time for banausic tasks. Go beyond the rote and swing into creativity with an eye toward the New Year—especially in your writing. Originality always pays off in business and pleasure.

Word Challenge: BANAUSIC. Make your novel characters … well … novel, as you feed banausic into their conversations, or give your editorial writings a novel word to play with, in your week of anything but banausic 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 and anytime 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.
Endnote: FYI – All links in the PFP site are personally visited, verified, and vetted. Most are linked to commonly accessed sites of reputable note. However, as with everything cyber-security, use at your own discretion.

E-N-Dzzzzzzzz