Come what May!

Looking for something to do for May blogging?  Next up, is the May Mother’s Blog Hop. If you’re interested in joining in please contact @ChristineMarie on Twitter or let me know and I’ll get you the info :)  This time the commitment is one or two posts in the month, scheduled, and then linked through the chain.

#atozchallenge -Z for Zeugma

Zeugma – (zoog-muh) A term for a word used to modify two others (e.g., John and his license expired last week).

Speaking of expired, check this out:

Along the bottom of stone: Her Humor Lives On

A type of zeugma is the syllepsis, in which a single word is applied to both words but with different meanings:

You are free to execute your laws, and your citizens, as you see fit.
-Star Trek: The Next Generation

Kill the boys and the luggage!
-William Shakespeare’s Henry V

You held your breath and the door for me
-Alanis Morissette

In reading about zeugma on this fine Saturday morn, (excuse me but there is snow on April 30?) I have learned that a debate brews over the semantics between zeugma and syllepsis. Some scholars use the terms interchangably, while others insist that the difference is distinct and necessary. I tend to side with the distinction, just ‘cuz. I have word love with all my heart and blog posts.

This is the end friends. What a fabulous month it’s been. In keeping up with the A to Z Challenge, I’ve learned that it was aptly named. It sounds so easy to say you’ll blog daily about something under the day’s letter…

It has been wonderful to discover new blogs! I have met some terrific new online friends and happily extend a big huggy welcome all of my new followers!

I hope you’ll continue to visit me!

My Z Read: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith.

My Z Listen: Jay-Z.  This guy is EVERYWHERE adding awesome to everything he touches.  Here is Coldplay feat. Jay-Z, I love the drum beat of this one.

#atozchallenge -Y for Yclept

Yclept: (ih-klept) Called or named. (Also ycleped.)

Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Yclept Desire ;)

How’s that for a glimpse at antiquity?

Those charming little missives ycleped valentines.
-Lamb.

Reading about this word brought me back to high school english when we had to read Chaucer’s CANTERBURY TALES and memorize the prologue:

Whan that aprill with his shoures soote
The droghte of march hath perced to the roote,
And bathed every veyne in swich licour
Of which vertu engendred is the flour;

Which went on for a total of forty-two lines of impossible (to our modern eyes) prose found here

Can you imagine speaking like this?

Greetings, I am yclept Corinne.  ;) 

My Y Read: The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

My Y Listen: You Know I’m No Good by Amy Winehouse

#atozchallenge – X for Xesturgy

Xesturgy: the process of polishing, as with stones.

Behold the xesturgical goodness gleaming!

Whenever I think about polishing, I think about shine… and whenever I hear the word shine, I think about the Chrysler Building. Why? Because I grew up in the 80s and knew every single word to this movie and shun all the attempts to remake it:

As a writer, this also has a place. Because writing your first draft isn’t enough. You need to revise and rewrite, and continue polishing up your work until it shines! (like the top of the Chrysler Building!)

I love you Miss Hannagan!

My X Read: The Devotion of Suspect X. I know that I listed this earlier this month (Under D, I believe.) But this is really an awesome book. The author’s first foray into the US market.

My X Listen: Opus X – Loving You Girl – – Xtra important Disclaimer: This is not an endorsement of this song (which isn’t all that bad in a 1980something sort of way), but rather an invitation to take a look at the video. What I took away: A few times in the video the singers look like soulless demons with empty black vortex eyes. And what’s with the matching facial hairs? O_o

Feast your eyes: http://www.vevo.com/watch/opus-x/loving-you-girl/NOA8E0800007

#atozchallenge -W for Widdershins

As we near the end of the atozchallenge challenge, I am feeling melancholy for the early days of April where I could look ahead at the blog calendar and marvel at all the alphabetical possibilities! *sigh*

And so I bring you Widdershins. Yet another fabulous word with a specific meaning that must be brought back from obscurity.

Meaning: Counterclockwise  (like the circle on the left appears to move)

Take a gander at this website if you have a few minutes and will not be operating heavy machinery:

Image: http://www.psy.ritsumei.ac.jp/~akitaoka/rotate6e.html

The word is such a wonder, it has an entire web page dedicated just to it. It has a single page. Go see:

We’re in the home stretch folks! Almost to Z! What are we supposed to do in MAY!?

My W read (a two-fer for W):

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte…  Heathcliff!!  Cathy!!  Heathcliff!!
The Water is Wide by Pat Conroy – you MUST read this book.  (adore Conroy)

My W Listen: Wrong by Depeche Mode – something about this video has always mesmerized me.