Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Colligate – Wordplay Wednesday™ 05/20/2020

That which Binds Us Together Makes Us Stronger  

The beauty of this week’s word is it can be creative, scientific, or political … in theory …

COLLIGATE (kälʹɘ gātʹ) vt. – 1) to bind together; 2) to relate (isolated facts) by some reasonable explanation, esp. so as to evolve a general principle (n. – colligation). [WW #269]

Well we’ve certainly been bombarded by many colligated hypotheses over the past couple of months. Applied to our current circumstances, it’s easy enough to grasp the theory behind this week’s Wordplay!

Colligate is one of those words that seems simple enough at first glance, but if you really think about its definition “relate (isolated facts) by some reasonable explanation,” it could get complicated to the point of conspiracy theories!

Which for writers, makes colligate an incredibly interesting word to slip into a novel or biography, or pretty much any genre scene in which ideas, attitudes, and opinions are explored and discussed.

It also lends a spark to casual conversation as we use colligation to investigate alternative measures to just about everything in today’s version of life. Whether we add or detract from what was there, or lay out ideas to colligate what feels like disparate pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, there is always another way …

Word Challenge: COLLIGATE. Discover your new path, as you fit colligate into your week of experimental 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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