Wednesday, February 5, 2020

ELINT – Wordplay Wednesday™ 02/05/2020

Big Brother Sees All, Knows All 

The telescreen received and transmitted simultaneously. Any sound that Winston made, above the level of a very low whisper, would be picked up by it … he could be seen as well as heard. … How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. [Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell c. 1949.]

We know we’re being watched. Many of us don’t care. Others care too much. Bottom line is, we can’t do anything about it and that’s more disturbing than the act itself.

Most of us not involved in “upper level electronic information collection” would generally refer to it in that type of convoluted, bungling description. Here, let me make it easy for us. There’s one word for that …

ELINT (elʹint) n. – the gathering of intelligence by monitoring with electronic equipment from airplanes, ships, satellites, etc. [WW #254*]

If there is a word for it, you know it’s happening. But we know that; historically, elint (electronic intelligence) has been around since the early twentieth century. It can be a good thing … or definitely not … what’s your opinion?

Word Challenge: ELINT. Try not to creep yourself out, as you doublethink on how much our daily lives are spied upon and fit elint into your week of subversive 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 in her Blast from Your Past series (of three) 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: 1) Dictionary definitions are quoted from Webster’s New World College Dictionary. Yes, we sometimes present them out of “official” context—but that’s half the fun! Think of it as “creative context.” 2) Neither I (LinDee Rochelle) nor Penchant for Penning are responsible for how you use information found here, that may result in legal action.
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