Tag: language

Y is for Yikes!

In my search for an unusual word or two beginning with the letter Y, I discovered an incredible website:

http://phrontistery.info/y.html

In celebration of all things Y, I have opted to create a short vocabulary quiz – taking advantage of Mr. Stephen Chrisomalis‘ hard work and tremendous passion for words.

Please choose the correct definition of each word:

Yelm

  1. A 16th century crock used in cooking
  2. The deck area immediately below the helm of a ship
  3. A straight bundle of straw used for thatching

Yapness

  1. Noise
  2. Hunger
  3. Exhaustion

Yaffingale

  1. A traveling jester/commedien
  2. A green woodpecker
  3. A tool used by blacksmiths

Yex

  1. To hiccup, belch or spit
  2. To curse, defame or libel
  3. To damage, mar or deface

To determine your score, please visit The Phrontistery and find each word in the provided list, or scroll down.

 

Yelm

  1. A 16th century crock used in cooking
  2. The deck area immediately below the helm of a ship
  3. A straight bundle of straw used for thatching

Yapness

  1. Noise
  2. Hunger
  3. Exhaustion

Yaffingale

  1. A traveling jester/commedien
  2. A green woodpecker
  3. A tool used by blacksmiths

Yex

  1. To hiccup, belch or spit
  2. To curse, defame or libel
  3. To damage, mar or deface

So … how did you fare? Are you inspired to use one or more of these words as a vocabulary-bomb during casual conversation? Are you curious about Mr. Chrisomalis’ website and impatient to discover more words? Will you suggest your writers’ group visit his site when looking for unusual writing prompts?

Ahh – let the fun begin!

 

Another Day – Another (strange?) Poem!

So, day three of thirty, and here I am – ready to write a Stravinsky-esque poem.

Oh, did I hear you sigh? Do I see eyes rolling about in your head and your hands reaching for your ears?

Well, it’s just one of those nights. I’m in a great mood, I was given real coffee instead of decaf at dinner – and I have a great lyrical experiment in my head just for you.

In Love With Words

Ivory paper kisses black ink

The silver nib dances

Twirls, scrolls, pirouettes

The touch of the coarse paper

Softened, now fluid with purpose

What once was blind

Mute

Without

Now grasps the words

Too long silenced within

Expresses everything

Too much, too fast the paper drenched with ink

Colors black and red, green and blue,

Too much

The pores of the paper, the intensity of the pigment are no longer melody

Symphonic

Cacophony

Ink-rich words drip and blend, struggle and falter

Into a mottled, spotty discord

Of turns and twists, leaps and

Meandering

The pen is spent

The paper limp and lost

What once had meaning, beauty, clarity

Is now scribbled, stilled and silenced

A written voice submerged under noise

A Poem A Day … YIKES!

As many of you may already know, April is National Poetry Month.  There are all kinds of wonderful literary pursuits available to the serious writer and to the word-dabbler.

One option is NaPoWriMo.

What is this!? Well, it is an invitation to write one poem each day during the month of April.

Feeling brave? looking for a challenge?

Jump right in – and do not fret about the perfection of the work.

Here is a friendly hand reaching out to you and a sincere grin welcoming you to have fun with poetry.

Daily fun!

I will be fearless and will begin with a poem written right this very second, completely off the cuff at 10:55pm on April 1st …

Ten Fifty-Five

My eyes slip and slide

My head fills with down

Soft and wifty and not unlike a pillow’s stuffing

But the keyboard hums and clicks

A garish light commands

And I find myself making poetry from hours and minutes blinking

Silent anxiety that comes from a task undone

A life incomplete

A poem asleep underneath a coverlet of useless words.

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There it is – my first poem of April!

TahDah!

And now it’s your turn – only be sure to tag your creations with NaPoWriMo so it can be found by other like-minded pals!

Until tomorrow …