Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Collocate – Wordplay Wednesday™ 05/27/2020

♪ Sharing Our Load  | Side by Side … ♪* 

Are you a collector? We collectors enjoy gathering like items for show, appeal, or posterity (or all three) and perhaps unifying them for aesthetic value … Collectibles
COLLOCATE (kälʹɘ kātʹ) vt. – to arrange, esp., to set side by side. [WW #270]

Not to be confused with last week’s Wordplay: colligate—close but no cigar—not even an e-cigar.

The difference of two letters between collocate and colligate is just as close in definition as pronunciation. Loosely speaking, one brings together (colligate), and the other arranges side-by-side (collocate) that which has been collected. What a team!

Sample antique salt/pepper shakers
Although colligate most often refers to text and theories, at Wordplay Wednesday we like to “repurpose” our words in interesting ways. How can you create a scene within your writing rather than for it, using collocate, and incorporate colligate just for fun?

The restaurant’s owner colligated dozens of antique and unique salt-and-pepper shakers that gleamed in the beveled glass cabinet. They were collocated first by era, then by height. What a magnificent display!

Word Challenge: COLLOCATE. Enjoy infusing words with new energy, as you fit collocate into your week of collected writings.

*This adorable version of the song, “Side By Side” (written by Harry M. Woods 1927) is for black-and-white movie buffs! It features a clip of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis in their heyday, from TV’s Colgate Comedy Hour (1955). Smile!

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[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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