Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Raillery – Wordplay Wednesday™ 04/15/2020

I’ve Been Workin’ on the Railroad … ♪ 

Remember … in the tough times, keep a song in your heart. Doesn’t matter how old it is, or how popular it ever was, or a creation of your own, as long as you can still hear the music, life will be a little easier to bear.

This week’s word took me back to my childhood and the even older Americana songs my parents used to sing as we cruised along on weekend road trips. Not that we’re going to learn about railroads, but you’ll note its sound is reminiscent of those ribbons of tracks that have criss-crossed our country since around 1827 …

(rāʹlɘr ē) n. – 1) light, good-natured ridicule or satire, banter; 2) a teasing act or remark. [WW #264]

Remembering to make raillery a part of daily life is more difficult than ever before. Laughter and music are proven stress relievers, and this week’s word gives you a bit of both.

A smile, perhaps, because raillery has nothing to do with the railroads … and music, as I urge you to take a break from life and find songs that offer raillery in their lyrics to keep life light. Need some inspiration? YouTube has a million of ‘em … The Purple People Eater is waiting for you!

As for raillery, the word, surely you can find room for tongue-in-cheek writing in everything from Twitter posts to novels, blog posts to emails. Enjoy.

Word Challenge: RAILLERY. Think playfully sardonic and silly, as you fit raillery into your week of lighthearted 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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