Saturday, February 4, 2023

AMBIVERT ~ WordWayzzz™ 01/01/2023

Who (or What) Will You be this Year?    

Well now, isn't this a revoltin' development?! Only those "of a certain age" will know my vintage television reference, but still, its meaning is obvious. Life happens, and as we know, not always the way we expected, planned, or hoped.
       So here we are, a full month into the New Year, and January’s article is skimpy and late; and February’s is “not yet ready for prime time.”

All we can do is move forward as life allows … New Year, new words to explore! But how do we possibly top December’s expansive vastitude? With a word that exemplifies its broad-based definition in an unusual way … pretend it’s still January 2023 …

Back in the day (don’t ya love it when your oldsters start a conversation with that? LOL), our radios covered a vastitude of cities, counties—and in Wolfman Jack’s expanse of broadcasting, countries—to bring us new music or our favorite music from every era—similar to now, except we had live disc jockeys behind a mic, and you could actually call them! So for January, we celebrate the Radio Disc Jockeys and Announcers who truly defined an …

AMBIVERT ('am-bi-,vǝrt; 1927) n. – a person having characteristics of both extrovert and introvert. [WW #325]

Why apply ambivert to DJs? In the essence of time (I still have a February word to explore), I’m not going to expound MUCH on this month’s word, and really, just by its spelling, you should have deduced it’s the middle ground of extrovert and introvert.
       Radio DJs, in the vastitude of broadcasting, have the best of both social worlds—they can talk to a globe of humanity, yet not be seen by anyone. The quintessential ambivert.

I will, however, treat you with a tie-in to songs of yore, JANUARY 1973

Monthly Song of Note
Have you ever experienced a psych test or been asked in a job interview, “If you could be an inanimate object, what would you be?” Here’s my response ... “You Turn Me On, I’m a Radio.” (Although she didn’t make it to our BFYP Featured Radio Survey [KRIZ/Phoenix], “Radio” was a solid #15 on WCFL/Chicago’s Super CFL Survey (January 27, 1973).
       Joni Mitchell
poured her heart out to her honey in the ambivert form of a radio, and dedicated it at the beginning of the song, “To all the DJs in my fans and audience, it’s called, ‘Well honey, you turn me on, I’m a radio ...’”   As a big fan of pioneering Rock & Roll Radio, I know truer words were never spoken …
  ... If you’re driving into town | With a dark cloud above you |
Dial in the number
| Who’s bound to love you ...
Our DJs were there for us through love, rejection, life turbulences and summer fun.
Blast from Your Past big bro site is all about radio ... I bring the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s back to life with fun and frolic behind the mic of the DJs who brought music to life for all of us. Enjoy! 50 Years Ago this Month.   

Word Challenge: AMBIVERT. Ask yourself, are you an extrovert, an introvert, or as you fit ambivert into your month of self-reflecting writings and casual conversations, does it depend on your mood?

February’s word is coming soon … think sparkly fun!

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

Cheers to learning a new word today!


WordWayzzzTM 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 WordWayzzz comments.

[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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