Wednesday, July 5, 2023

Squiffed ~ WordWayzzz™ July 2023

If You can Hold On through the Night

Some summer nights are fun and daring, while others are steaming hot. At least when you’re young. Are you a 39er? Those who have weathered more than a few scorching summers since turning 39 and Holding, simply hold on to get through ‘til morning.

That doesn’t mean we don’t love summers. The cold, breezy drinks are great! Which brings us to …

SQUIFFED – (skwift; ca. 1855; origin unknown) adj. – intoxicated, drunk. [WW #331]   

Oh my, yet another word for Holiday celebrations … something tells me, squiffed can be used often in your writings this month, writers. The dictionary says its origin is “unknown,” but doesn’t it sound like a British word? Jus’ sayin’. 

July’s Song of Note  
Granted, I’m stretching on this tune, to connect it to our monthly word; but you must admit, at least its title bears some relevance! You may have felt great the night before when you were squiffed, but you will still deal with “The Morning After” by the talented Maureen McGovern.

The sentimental love song was written for “The Poseidon Adventure” movie and won Best Original Song at the 45th Academy Awards (March 1973). By July, it made its way up the charts, grabbing onto #6 at KUDE/Oceanside, California. From love to squiffed, the words are disparately meaningful … If we can hold on through the night | We have a chance to find the sunshine ... 50 Years Ago this Month  

Word Challenge: SQUIFFED. This word gives a certain sophistication to “plowed,” “sloshed,” or just plain drunk, as you fit squiffed into your month of fiction and nonfiction writings and casual conversations. Enjoy your summer frolicking responsibly!

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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