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.

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:

#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:


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.