Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Devoir ~ WordWayzzz™ 11/02/2022

A Ringing Endorsement of  Dedication     

Short, not so sweet and a perfect example of what we often consider a perfect personality. This month’s WordWayzzz word should be used sparingly—else we may fail to find the fun in writing and in life. Are you ready to devour a modicum of ...

DEVOIR (dɘ-ʹvwär; 14c) n. – 1) duty, responsibility; 2) a usu. formal act of civility or respect. [WW #323]

Are you anticipating a Thanksgiving gathering mired in devoir? Most often applied to debt, duty, or military, devoir is a terrifically obscure, alternative word for your literary writings. It suggests a demeanor rife in ritual and covered in obligations. Sounding rather austere, devoir is certainly not a word to be taken lightly. It’s the absolute antithesis of ...

November’s Oldies Song of Note     
While devoir suggests a somber family meal, with manners and attitude in check, sometimes, a little levity is just what is needed to lighten the mood and ensure a good time is had by all. Music is the perfect mood-maker.
This month’s Song of Note is for my delightful DJ friend, Bill Gardener. He mentioned it climbing the charts in October, for the Blast from Your Past article, amongst a plethora of truly great songs.

       Its inanity and double entendres sent it up to #1 at many radio stations, while some tried to ban it. We think it rings in the Holiday Season in hilarious style by the infamous Chuck Berry, teasing us with, “My Ding A Ling.” There is no way you can be angry or sad listening to ...

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This here song, it ain't too sad | Cutest little song you ever had | Those of you, who will not sing | You must be playing with your own ding a ling ... ...
50 Years Ago this Month 

Word Challenge: DEVOIR. When writing fiction, consider that civility and a staid approach can easily serve to set the personality of a character, as you fit devoir into your month of responsible writings and casual conversations.

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

Cheers to learning a new word today!


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[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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