Tuesday, March 24, 2020

CHARY – Wordplay Wednesday™ 03/25/2020

Caution is Advised. Mean and Miserly is Not. 

Generosity of spirit does not always extend to deed. Our word for this week depicts many folks who exhibit its qualities in these stressful days …

CHARY (cherʹē, charʹē) adj. – 1) not taking chances, careful, cautious [to be chary of offending others]; 2) not giving freely, sparing (chary of his hospitality). [WW #261]

In one context chary is smart and practical; turn it around and it describes the mildest side of hoarding. Now there is a word that’s getting a lot of attention these days.

Examples of chary are all around us, as we navigate a new world order. Even if temporarily. Caution in people contact is smart and advised. Stocking up is an astute cautionary action. Hoarding unnecessarily, is just plain mean and miserly.

Excellent word for giving your characters or nonfiction subject a human dimension. Need help to draw a complete picture of an imperfect personality, in all its fateful flaws? It’s a fine line that separates chary from stingy. Make notes on what you see around you today—physically and virtually—you never know when they can be used to create a vivid, chary persona.
I’m simply an armchair psychologist, but perhaps the person who demonstrates a chary personality in a normal situation is pre-disposed to becoming a hoarder in extraordinary circumstances.

An interesting article on PsychCentral for instance says, “Many people hoard during normal times, under the rubric of “bulk purchasing.” This is an example of rational hoarding …”
Another term you might hear regarding chary motivations is “panic buying.” What do you think? Feel free to chime in on this, psyche experts!

Word Challenge: CHARY. Being cautious is often advised, but fight the desire to be miserly, as you fit chary into your week of generous 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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