Wednesday, June 2, 2021

OTIOSE – Wordplay Wednesday™ 06/02/2021

Frustration to Functionable … Your Choice! 

Some days, you just don’t feel the love of life. Like everything you try ends in frustration. Hanging around, nothing to do but frown | rainy days and Mondays always get me down *

It’s worth the effort to nip that feeling in the bud. Give it a name, take a deep breath and face it head-on. Look for a smile in your day. Nothing is worth more than a few minutes of your time feeling …

OTIOSE (ʹō-shē-,ōs [ʹo-tē-]; 1794) adj. – 1) producing no useful result : futile; 2) being at leisure : idle; 3) lacking use or effect : functionless / adj. – otiosely; n. – otioseness, otiosity. [WW #306-M ~ Monthly Edition]

Applied to people, I dare say, one of the three definitions of otiose fits most of us at least once a week. But only #2 should be allowed over the long haul, wouldn’t you agree? And even with that, too much leisure and you’re at danger of becoming #3.

In writing, however, otiose is a terrific, relatively obscure word to engage your reader’s mind in an instantly recognizable visual scene. In fiction, a character’s whole personality, or a simple day-in-the-life can be described as otiose.

Writing non-fiction, otiose could relate to any manner of overused, under-used, obsolete item or product, or even a service, in review or analysis.

But when it comes to you, transfer your onerous attitude to your writing … Like her presence in class, Lily’s otiose science experiment served no purpose. She soon learned her forte is writing.

Be creative. Uplift your spirits with an intriguing day of writing, allowing only a few otiose moments before launching into refreshed thoughts and infusing action into your story.

Word Challenge: OTIOSE. A fiction character’s personality is the crux of their existence in your story; and sometimes an idle product can be revived. Think of the possibilities, as you fit otiose into your week of exciting writings and casual conversations.

*Song of the month: “Rainy Days & Mondays” put the Carpenters in the top 5 of Rock Radio charts 50 Years Ago this Month.

Wordplay Wednesday is now for your literary pleasure every first Wednesday of each month. Thank you for stopping by! 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!


[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 Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary – Eleventh Edition, unless otherwise noted. 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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