Tuesday, June 9, 2020

GAMBOL – Wordplay Wednesday™ 06/10/2020

Skip to My Lou, My Darlin’!* 

If only we adults could refrain from playground whining and crying, and just play together joyfully, like the big kids we really want to be.

I hope this week’s word reminds you to make your inner child happy and play—not in front of any video screen—take time just to …

GAMBOL (gamʹbɘl) n. – a jumping and skipping about in play, frolic (vi. – gamboled or gambolled, gamboling or gambolling; to jump, etc.) [WW #272]

In the written word, no one gambols anymore—they play or frolic, or even romp or cavort, but rarely do we hear of anyone gamboling. Great word for a character in your novel cavorting out of character, don’t you think? Or simply a novel way to describe child’s play with an old but forgotten word.

Word Challenge: GAMBOL. Not unique or weird word, but certainly odd enough to add zest to your story as you fit gambol into your week of youthful writings.

* Title reference: Wiki tells you young whippersnappers who probably don’t know that phrase, what in heaven’s name it means. Look out! ♪ Fly’s in the buttermilk, shoo fly, shoo … ♪

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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