Wednesday, July 8, 2020

ÉCLAT – Wordplay Wednesday™ 07/08/2020

When Terrific is not Quite Good Enough … 

At a loss for words? Never a fun happening for writers. Call it a brain block, brain fart, or a dog-days-of-summer moment of laziness, but at times you need a word with more pizazz! Let me save you the agony …

ÉCLAT (ā-ʹklä; ʹā-; 1672) n. – 1) ostentatious display : publicity; 2) dazzling effect : brilliance; 3a) brilliant or conspicuous success, b) praise, applause. [WW #276]

Éclat could be said of fireworks, a stellar artistic performance, or the actions of an outstanding person in any field of work or charity.

Looking for ways to create your dialogue or commentary with panache? Words like éclat are just uncommon enough to attract attention, yet not so bold as to appear out of place. After all, dahlings, we know you can write with éclat when your muse is not moody and the stars align with your creativity! Some days you just need a little boost.
Versatility of éclat is the mark of a dynamic word that adds character and visual scenes to nearly any setting and lends itself to many areas of expressive writing and dialogue. Or, even to impress your friends in a (virtual) party, “Although the movie’s dialogue could have been more exciting, its visuals danced in an extraordinary éclat of special effects.”

Word Challenge: ÉCLAT. Challenge yourself to invent a variety of scenes and characters, as you fit éclat into your week of eclectic writings and clever conversations.

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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