Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Kickshaw – Wordplay Wednesday™ 08/12/2020

Kickstart Your Casual Conversations!  

Not coleslaw, rickshaw, or bandsaw … meet your word for the week …

KICKSHAW (ʹkik-,shȯ; 1597) n. 1) a fancy dish, delicacy; 2) trinket, gewgaw. [WW #281]

If you’re in the food biz, you might recognize it. If not, or didn’t know it had other meanings, then it helps to know what a gewgaw is … or the alternate spelling that I know better, geegaw … sheesh. Six of one, half dozen of the other … terms that are likely as old, I’m sure, as kickshaw!

Known more commonly as baubles or trinkets, I was not aware kickshaw also applies to a delicacy or elite, gourmet dish. Apparently, it depends on which part of the world your novel or nonfiction writing is set in, and the local word familiarity. (Familiar with it? I’m asking for Twitter RTs and general location of world you’re in, just for fun!)

But don’t hesitate to take kickshaw into another era or setting for your books, articles, or even casual chats. Let the dialogue or action question its meaning. Keeps your readers and chat mates on their toes!

Word Challenge: KICKSHAW. Enjoy this interesting and flexible word for your informal settings, as you fit kickshaw into your week of versatile 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!]

*LR Notes: 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) a] Recent dictionary additions to definitions include a date of first use, if known; b] words in small caps indicate “see also.” 3) 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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