Building Blocks (Words with diverse meanings)

As writers we need to think about words that have diverse meanings, because that word could lead the reader ‘mentally’ astray. The reader may subconsciously associate a funny or a serious meaning with the character or action. The diversity is both dictionary and regional driven. For example, the word slug could mean a slimy mollusk that leaves a trail of goo wherever it goes. However, if you live in Washington D.C., you will more commonly hear this word referring to the many people who commute to work with strangers, in order that the car’s owner might use the HOV lane and get to work faster.

Think about the word joint which is dissimilar in noun, adjective, and verb form.
– a point at which parts of an artificial structure are joined.
– a structure in the human or animal body at which two parts of the skeleton are fitted together.
– informal, an establishment of a specified kind, especially one where people meet for eating, drinking, or entertainment.
– informal, a marijuana cigarette.
Adjective: shared, held, or made by two or more people, parties, or organizations together.
– provide or fasten (something) with joints.
– cut (the body of an animal) into joints.

What are some other diverse words:

Think about your ‘building blocks’; we can not write without them.

A to Z odd words (Dictionary Day)

In honor of Dictionary Day, October 16th, let’s look at some odd words that could add zest to our writing:
Anguilliform: resembling an eel in form and characteristics.

Barmecide: adjective: illusory or imaginary and therefore disappointing; noun: a person who offers benefits that are illusory or disappointing.

Chanticleer: a rooster in a fairy tale.

Etui: a small ornamental case for holding needles, cosmetics, and other articles.

Hwyl: a stirring feeling of emotional motivation and energy which is associated with the Welsh people.

Mumpsimus: a traditional custom or notion that is adhered to although it has been shown to be unreasonable.

Rubricate: to add elaborate capital letters (typically red ones) or other decorations to a manuscript.

Triskaidekaphobia: Extreme superstition, fear of, the number thirteen.

Zoanthropy: delusion of a person who believes himself changed into an animal.

Dictionary Day is in honor of Noah Webster, considered the Father of the American Dictionary. Noah Webster was born on October 16, 1758.

Think about your ‘building blocks’; we can not write without them.

Fortune Cookie Fortunes (homophone flash fiction)

It was September 29th, and while looking out the top storey window Joan felt eating some fortune cookies was somehow apropos to writing their snack time story. Friendship wise, it’s not like she would win a medal if she did meddle. Nevertheless, it was Confucius Day, and philosophically, one does not earn an award if they leave philosophy in an urn. Or in a gallipot filled with galipot.

Tom, on the other hand, while recognizing one of the world’s greatest philosophers, was not whirled away by fortune cookies. His fate was based on far more than a fortune cookie fête. Tom told Joan that her waistline would not profit from fortune cookies for the prophet. To which Joan replied, “He who jump off cliff, jump to conclusion! So, let’s not waste a chance to read our fortunes thinking about your waste.”

Thus, off the locale eatery they went; with Tom promising to mask his concerns and not start a masque. He even opened one first and read his fortune, “Shop at store next door, so don’t be bare in the woods like a bear.” “Not very discreet,” replied Joan, “I guess that shop is not discrete from this one.”

Ten fortune cookies later, they decided to leave for home, and Joan sighed not knowing if Tom actually had taken her side of the waistline discussion. Nevertheless, Tom had liked the fortune cookies and, as they passed the clothing shop, he told her not to worry, because per a fortune cookie, she had the genes to wear tight jeans. Joan laughed and said “Happy Confucius Day…and you could be rote if you only wrote nice fortune cookie statements.”

(Fortune Cookie Fortunes, Steven S. Walsky, © September 2018.)

Confucius Day is always September 29th.