Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Happy Word Play Day!


Okay, ya got me. There really isn't such a day, at least that I know of. I'm guessing Hallmark doesn't have a card for it, as yet. But, besides that, there really should be a Word Play Day. For us as writers, as creatives, word play is fun. So, let's have a bit of fun!

New words. I'd read somewhere (or maybe I imagined it) that a language, in order to thrive, needs a little stirring of the ol' word pot from time to time. Bring to simmer for 15 minutes...toss in a few extra letters... We need to make new ones, bend, stretch, distort existing ones, even if we don't like the results.

There are some words, some created by advertisers, that really need to go away, though. You've heard me harp on some of these before. Words like 'melty' and 'pre-owned'. Sometimes they take a perfectly good word like 'epic' and Doc Frankenstein it until we're ready to rally the villagers. Please, no more 'epic' movies or movies of 'epic proportions'. Unless it's epic-alicious. Or an epic-palooza. Okay, I'll stop now.

Keep writing, friends...and making up words.


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