Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Scapegrace – November 2021 Wordplay Wednesday™

Families, Traditions, and a Word Twist! 

It’s the month of Thanks and though I'm a tad late posting this, I think you'll agree, after a year of change, twists and turns, it’s time to narrow the gaps with family, consider a day of traditions, and enjoy a word twist … what’s that? A word that sounds benign, even kind, can twist your mind …

SCAPEGRACE (skāp-,grās; 1763) n. – an incorrigible rascal. [WW #311-M ~ Monthly Edition]

Did I fool you? Bet you thought it meant a vision of family grace at the Thanksgiving Day feast!

Though scapegrace appears just below “scapegoat” in the dictionary, rather than besmirch the poor goat’s stellar reputation … oh, wait, they can be incorrigible rascals! The two words do kind of go hand-in-hand. Because someone has earned the status of a scapegrace, they may become an unwitting scapegoat (“one that bears the blame for others”), merely by reputation. Perhaps unfair, but …

We all know a scapegrace or two. They can be completely outrageous or quietly mischievous, but scapegrace pals, nonetheless.

Leaning on our big bro site, Blast from Your Past, for a fun correlation with vintage music, this month’s Song of Notefrom November 1971, Lucky Day,” by self-proclaimed The Rascals. Despite the band’s scapegrace name, the song sends us hope and love. This must be my lucky day, yeah | Woke up and saw the sun shining my way, uh-uh KOWN/Escondido, California, music survey ... 50 Years Ago this Month.

Word Challenge: SCAPEGRACE. Consider giving the scallywags in your life a benefit of the doubt this month, as you fit scapegrace into your week of impish writings and casual conversations. Happy Thanksgiving!

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!]

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