Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Tintinnabulation – Wordplay Wednesday™ 09/01/2021

Ring My Bell and Color My World! 

Writing with the senses in mind, is a must for text in order to reach the emotions of the reader. Do you hear what I hear …

TINTINNABULATION (,tin-tɘ-,na-byɘ-ʹlā-shɘn; 1831) n. – 1) the ringing or sounding of bells; 2) a jingling or tinkling sounds as if of bells . [WW #309-M ~ Monthly Edition]

You can ring my bell or “Colour My World,” whichever strikes your fancy. Either piques my interest, but together, they surround our basic senses and demand attention … tintinnabulation tickles the ear and September’s Song of Note creates a sensational visual.

Which is most pleasing … the deep resonance of large bells, or the Tinkerbell twinkle of tiny bells? We each have a preference, as to how we respond to tintinnabulation.

If these articles do nothing, I hope that each word presented here prompts readers to think, feel, or visualize its presence in our language. My intention is to urge you to explore a new way of perceiving and using tintinnabulation and other words you see in these articles. You may be familiar with the word, but learn a creative new way to use it, or I hope to inspire you to add it to your vocabulary.
“Her ears perked up at the tintinnabulation coming from around the corner. The familiar chimes quickened her pace …” Did she hurry away or closer? Your choice!

And, what color is your world? For our new “Monthly Song of Note,”* we can sing in shades of love to  James Pankow’s, “Colour My World.” A founding member of the band, Chicago, he wrote it (with the British spelling), as a love song. We unconsciously color our worlds with hues that stimulate us. While blue, pink, and white hearts (for example) invigorate our minds, it’s the red hearts that make our hearts go pitty-pat. Writing is all about striking emotions in the reader.

In this month’s Wordplay, we favor blue bells to add color to the sound of tintinnabulation and we could add one more word to further enhance the bells … what tone are the bells?

As writers, combining senses without overloading them with adjectives, can create a more vivid visual in a reader’s mind ...

“Her ears perked up at the tintinnabulation coming from around the corner. The familiar sound of the soft blue chimes quickened her pace …” Again, did she hurry away or closer? And now you’ve added another element that gives character to the titillating tintinnabulation of the formerly anonymous bells. 

Word Challenge: TINTINNABULATION. Give your writing depth and breadth without congesting it, as you fit tintinnabulation into your week of colorful writings and casual conversations.

*Monthly Song of Note: “Colour My World,” a B-side song by Chicago, climbed the charts all the way to #3 on the KING/Seattle, Washington, survey for September 1971 50 Years Ago this Month.

Wordplay Wednesday is currently created 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 harmful to your health! 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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