Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Éclaircissement – Wordplay Wednesday™ 12/30/2020

01/13/2021 LR Note: If I haven't said it lately, "Welcome"! If you're a regular to Penchant for Penning and especially Wordplay Wednesday, I hope you "got the memo" recently about our switch from a weekly blog to monthly. This is just a gently reminder to come back on February 3rd for a fresh issue of Wordplay Wednesday. In the meantime, whether it's your first or hundredth visit, please stay awhile, peruse, reflect and enjoy! Ciao for now ... ~ LinDee

 Reflect some more, Rejoice in life & REJUVENATE for 2021! 

Timing is everything. As the New Year arrives and bursts into our lives, we reflect on 2020’s skewed timing on everything we thought we knew. Like many, are you confused as to where and how to start 2021? We have a word to help with that …

ÉCLAIRCISSEMENT (ā-kler-sēs-[ɘ-]män, 1667) n. – a clearing up of something obscure : enlightenment. [WW #301]

Leave it to the French … a fifteen-letter word with a big job to match! Even for the most organized person, bringing this year to a close is a messy job. Éclaircissement is the perfect word to aid you in your 2020 cleanup and clear the fog for a bright future.

To finish weathering the current global storm, we need to root out the year’s obscurities and put our lives back in focus for 2021. While yes, we’re all “going through it together,” how we deal with it is individually important—éclaircissement is a great place to start.

You would think, with éclaircissement’s zeitgeist message of insight and clarification, that it hit dictionaries in the New Age of 1970s. But it’s been around since the mid-1600s … throughout history, we’ve noted that nearly every era of society has had its need for emerging from a confusing haze.   

This week use the essence of éclaircissement to rebuild on what you’ve learned (or been reminded of)
about life, people, and yourself, over the past twelve months. Where were you in January compared to December? What will you take with to greet the dawn of 2021, and what is best left in the past?

Reflection. Joy in the revelations. And with éclaircissement, rejuvenation for your future.

Word Challenge: ÉCLAIRCISSEMENT. Look forward with refreshed eyes and renewed clarity, as you fit éclaircissement into your week of New Year writings and casual conversations.

LR Note:

Well I’m amazed! Wordplay Wednesday number three hundred and one! Last week we hit milestone #300 with atavism … can’t believe we’ve come so far since 2015. However, I do on occasion, practice what I preach. Yes, I too, am in a state of éclaircissement reflecting on 2020 and what I want my life to be in 2021. Part of that decluttering is to free time for writing and restructuring my personal life.

So as a reminder: The weekly edition of Wordplay Wednesday ends with this post (#301, December 30th). In the New Year, PFP becomes a site devoted to the publications and promotion of 39 and Holding Club, and Blast from Your Past monthly sites and writings. However, Wordplay continues with short articles appearing on the first Wednesday of every month, beginning February 3, 2021 with Wordplay #302. C’mon by the first week of the month to enjoy new posts on all of my fun sites.

Write first for yourself … only then can you write for others. (L.Rochelle) 

Cheers to learning a new word today, and Happy New Year 2021!

Yours in words and whimsy


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.

[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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