Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Harlequinade – Wordplay Wednesday™ 04/01/2020

Two Fools for the Price of One! 

It’s April Fool’s Day!

Many are in favor of skipping pranks, tricks, and jokes this year, in view of the seriousness of COVID-19. So says a USA Today article, “In light of the severity of the pandemic, some on social media called for people to consider skipping pranks altogether this year, particularly any related to coronavirus.”

I get that, but the majority of us are still well and sequestered—we need love and levity—and a little frolicking foolishness to combat boredom and depression.

During our grim global strife, we simply must make time to laugh. As a wise man once sang, ♪ If we couldn’t laugh, we would all go insane …♪ (Jimmy Buffett, “Change in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes” August 1977)
Staying levelheaded and lighthearted is the only way we will get through this—together. So here are two Foolplay Wednesday words for your funny side …

Let’s lighten it up a bit, as some good-natured virus jokes make the rounds … “Without you my life is as empty as the supermarket shelf” (I did not make it up—jokes like this one are inevitable) … and pause for April Fool’s Day with a tribute to writing with wit …

HARLEQUINADE (härʹli kwi nādʹ) n. – 1) that part of a play or pantomime in which the Harlequin [comic character] and the clown play leading parts; 2) comic pranks, lively and mischievous antics, buffoonery. [WW #262]
AND …  

TOMFOOLERY (tämʹfōōlʹɘr ē) n. – foolish behavior; silliness; nonsense.

Harlequins are common in medieval comedies or dramadies, but harlequinade is rarely used in writing about them or the period theatrics. Do some research, give it some thought and give your modern writing a zany comic edge with harlequinade.

And tomfoolery is simply an old word you may not have heard lately, but it’s perfectly silly for today. When work is done … it’s time for a little tomfoolery!

Get your foolishness on and have some good, clean fun, in your writing and in your new (hopefully temporary) world order. We all deserve a little loony levity.

Word Challenge: HARLEQUINADE and TOMFOOLERY. Breathe spirit into your fiction characters and let the lighter side show of your nonfiction subjects, as you fit harlequinade and tomfoolery into your week of prankish and playful 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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