Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Cacodemon – Boo! Wordplay Wednesday™ 10/07/2020

Playing with Weird Words of Howl-o-ween Month! 

Welcome to our 1st week of 2020’s weirdly wonderful Howl-o-ween words! In the mood to get spooky? We’re here to help …

CACODEMON [or cacodaemon] (kakʹō dēʹmɘn; 1594) n. – an evil spirit: demon. [WW #289]

Ah, this Howl-O-Ween word comes to us from the Ancient Greeks. Which makes it really old. Besides its evil spirit, a cacodemon is believed to count shapeshifting in its spooky repertoire.

As with many words of demonic implications cacodemon is often associated psychologically, with belief in spirit possession, and the host subject labeled insane. Hmmm, define insane.

Particularly appropriate for fiction, cacodemon begins the month of words that may surprise you in the many ways they’ve already been inserted into our lives. Of course, books and TV series abound with cacodemons, and we likely gloss over the word. You may recognize it, but do you truly understand its role? (Image/left: A cacodemon from 1863 Dictionnaire Infernal.)

Remember the death metal bands of the 1980s and ‘90s? “Caco-Daemon” appears in a song title … in its one-word form, it has been shapeshifted through a multitude of video games … and given evil inspiration to abstract artist, Paul Klee, whose interest in art of the mentally ill was reflected in his 1916 work, Cacodemonic. (Image right: Paul Klee's abstract art.)

Whatever your beliefs, October is a great month to explore your writing and create space for the cacodemons of this world, otherworlds and netherworlds, along with all of October’s wonderfully weird words. Horror, Sci-Fi, and fantasy buffs unite!

Word Challenge: CACODEMON. The glory of this word and its shapeshifting capabilities, is you can create its persona in any form, as you fit cacodemon into your week of horrific writings and creepy 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) 

Cheers to learning a new word today!

Wicked Witch of the West


[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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