Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Words for Wednesday

The lovely Delores at Under the Porch Light had been running this meme for a considerable period of time, week after week.   Computer issues led her to bow out for a while and I took over.  When Delores' absence looked like being more permanent I begged and cajoled for other volunteers to share providing the prompts, and Words for Wednesday became a movable feast.  Sadly Delores has (temporarily I hope) discontinued her blog, though we have been told that she will be back in the fullness of time.

Essentially the aim is to encourage us to write.  Each week we are given a choice of prompts: which can be words, phrases, music or an image.   What we do with those prompts is up to us:  a short story, prose, a song, a poem, or treating them with ignore...  We can use some or all of the prompts.

Some of us put our creation in comments on the post, and others post on their own blog.  I would really like it if as many people as possible joined into this fun meme.  If you are posting on your own blog - let me know so that I, and other participants, can come along and applaud.

This month the prompts will be published here - but are provided by Mark Koopmans.  Because Mark was so generous there are three sets of prompts to choose between this week


This weeks prompts are:


  1. Disney
  2. emojis
  3. Fashionista
  4. Carpool
  5. Slug
  6. Languishing
AND/OR
  1. Deity
  2. Ebonics
  3. Slashed
  4. Reebok
  5. Holder
  6. Knockers
AND/OR
  1. Wallow
  2. Spindle
  3. Bratwurst
  4. Knees
  5. Trinidad
  6. Victoria's Secret

91 comments:

  1. Okay, here goes nothing again......

    I didn't want to wallow in my sorrow just because the spindle had broken on my bike. So I grabbed a Bratwurst at the corner deli and headed home. Once home I got down on my knees looking under my bed for the suitcase I'd used on my trip to Trinidad. Pulling it out, I found an envelope had been taped to the top of it. Image my surprise to find a gift card from Victoria's Secret inside. Who had been in my house, in my bedroom and under my bed?

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    1. Mason Canyon: Nothing? Wash your mouth out. This is an intriguing snippet. The thought of a stranger in my house and my bedroom freaks me out though. Even if it is a gift giving stranger.

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    2. A gift giving stranger is freaky, maybe a peeping tom waiting for you to try on whatever you buy from Victoria's Secret. Remember to close your curtains!

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    3. Indeed a great joining of the prompts very fun to read!

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    4. Now there is a $64,000 question:-) Great.

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  2. Hi human, Sue,

    Apawlogies for my notable absence! I have had a read through your other pawsts. Been so busy looking after my human that it's taking me ages to get to blogs.

    Anyhow, interesting prompts and a notable effort by Mason Canyon who looks remarkably like a cat.

    Have fun and I must go now...

    Pawsitive wishes, your way,

    Penny!

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    1. Penny: It is pawsitively wonderful to see you here. I hope you are doing well and your poor tired human is doing better.

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    2. triple that. I hope everyone and everything is okay there.

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  3. tomorrow while waiting to pick up our gr-daughters after school, I give this some thought. Very very interesting words.

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    1. My take on 6 of the words will be up on Friday!

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    2. Susan Kane: Looking forward to it.

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  4. When I was in high school, I was quite the fashionista. In fact I was voted "Best Dressed" my senior year. Now I have my hair in a mom bun and am languishing in the car waiting on the blooming carpool line to move before someone notices I have on a Disney Princess tee and pajama bottoms with hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil emojis. Feeling like an afternoon pickup slug mama.

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    1. Anne in the kitchen: Love it. The mother of a friend of mine got a flat tyre on the school run - when she was in her dressing gown and slippers. Your character is well dressed.

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    2. Funny how days go sometimes, this was fun, great work with the prompts!

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    3. Perfect enjoyable story for anyone with school age children especially slug mama. Love it.

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    4. This is great and so true to mom-hood.

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  5. 'ebonics'????
    oddly enough, on my way home today, I was thinking I might put 'deity' in one of my lists next month.
    now if someone can please tell me what 'ebonics' is, I'll be happy.

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  6. aha! Thank you, Google.
    Put very simply, Ebonics is black English or English as spoken by Black people. The word is a combination of 'ebony' (black) and phonics (sounds). There are examples and much longer explanations of what Ebonics is and how it came to be known and accepted, on many of the google pages.

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    1. River: Thank you. I am not certain about the term. In some definitions it seems derogatory...

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  7. Victoria's Secret was well hidden. Very well hidden. Only two people were in on it. Herself and the pompous doctor who told her that she had less than three months to live and to get her affairs in order. He tapped his fat bratwurst fingers on his table and obviously expected her to be brought to her knees by the diagnosis. She heard him, but refused to be wallow in self pity.
    She was going to go out in style. The Zombie Apocalypse Run aimed to raise fund for the Trinidad and Tobago Cancer Society and she was going to make more money than they had ever seen. She smiled. Her spindle legs were perfect for her chosen costume as a skeleton. She was going to run - and triumph.

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    1. I'm so used to VS as a brand that sometimes I forget it's a name.... and your Victoria sounds (nearly) as feisty as you, dearest E.C. :)

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    2. Can just see the doctor's "fat bratwurst fingers"!!! But oh my, bless her heart.

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    3. Love the way your mind works, EC. Totally different take on Victoria Secrets. EXCELLENT.Woot.Woot.

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    4. How do you do it? So much emotion and a scene so well laid out, in such a short paragraph - including all the words. You inspire me, EC.

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  8. Many to choose from this week.
    Thought knockers was ok :) not permitted to use slang i expect.
    Just my silly mind today!

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    1. Margaret-whiteangel: My mind went to similar places... Slang is fine.

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    2. I like your story and I'm happy to hear slang is acceptable :D

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    3. I totally put knockers in to hear/read the slang :)

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  9. First set of words used. May be more to follow!!

    It’s a proven fact: DISNEY fans ❤ EMOJIS. Why else would we use them to express our excitement and make tributes to our favourite Disney films using these adorable little tech treasures?

    There are five of us that are so obsessed with ‘All things Disney’ that once a week we CARPOOL to the student’s union, dressed in the latest FASHIONSITA of a Disney character. LANGISHING on the couches, we SLUG copious cans of beer while seeing who can communicate by sending the greatest number of emojis in a text message.

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    1. Margaret Adamson: Big smiles. One of our politicians uses them a lot. They are beyond me.

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    2. I like this, although if I were involved in such a contest, I'd fail. I just don't use that many emojis.

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    3. This was totally enjoyable and I like how you make the prompts stand out! I think I'll give that a try next time.

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    4. very well done! I bow, with a big :) on my face.

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    5. Languishing couch potatoes "slug beer" yes they do. LOL

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  10. Hi EC – I don’t know what some of those words mean! I like Wallow … so I’ll go in that direction …

    I’m wallowing in how to explain to my agent that the muscle spindles are the sensory receptors within the belly of a muscle that primarily detect change – this is happening in my knees.

    Modelling now for Victoria’s Secret would be difficult with spindly knees … would the Trinidadian agent understand … or will I need to ply him and his researchers with varieties of Bratwurst to satisfy their distant cravings for sausage.

    I’m happy to wallow, modelling for Victoria’s Secret doesn’t appeal, and by wallowing I can rest my Spindly Knees … I might go to Trinidad for recuperation … but will they have Bratwurst to satisfy my German roots?

    That's me done ... a right mix!! Cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary Melton-Butcher: Mark really put us on our mettle didn't he? Bleah to Bratwurst (despite my German heritage). I really enjoyed your take on these words though.

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    2. Oh my gosh you are a grand wordsmith! Bravo.

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    3. Awesome, Hilary! You had me twirling in my seat :)

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    4. "Modeling for Victoria's Secrets would be difficult with spindly knees"...LOL!

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  11. Now I'm going to have to google bratwurst :(

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  12. Huh. It's a pork sausage. Turns out I eat bratwurst and didn't even know it. Of course mine are made in Australia....

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    1. River: A Polish friend invited to her first 'Australian' barbecue was excited because she was told there would be sausages. Not anything she recognised though...

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  13. 2nd story with 2nd use of words.

    Of I went to look for a new pair of REEBOK trainers at ‘Sports Special’. My husband had told me the prices had been SLASHED which is always good news. Just before leaving my husband shouted to me, “You need a new bra but make sure the KNOCKERS’ HOLDER is strong enough to be able to cope with the running you do”! Cheeky sod!

    Anyhow, I was greeted by a nice African American guy with a gorgeous smile. ‘Yo’ he said. followed by “Sup?. I smiled not having a notion what he said. 'drizzel’ he siad. I nodded and smiled even more. Now I know he was speaking EBONICS however I was not familiar with that language. Then I saw his eyes land on my bosom and he exclaimed, ‘Oh my GAWD!

    I do not like anyone taking God’s name in vain especially over my boobs, so I quickly made a speedy retreat from the store. I think I had better buy a more uplifting and stronger bra like my husband suggested!!

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    1. Margaret Adamson: Smiles. And memories of the old jokes about 'over shoulder boulder holders...'

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    2. I'm rather pleased to read of a husband who takes notice of his wife's clothes and encourages her to buy new underwear.

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    3. Brilliant!! (Margaret wins 10 bouncy points... er, I mean 10 *bonus* points for a job well done:)

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  14. Good morning and well happy Thursday to you by now, but it's still Wednesday here and I'm joining in with two sets of Mark's prompts! Thank you for bringing this to us! Here's mine
    http://twincitiesblather.blogspot.com/2016/05/what-we-do.html

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    1. Karen S.: I will be over shortly. And am looking forward to it.

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    2. Thanks again, Karen, and like I said on your blog, that is some confusing weather you have!!

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  15. My 3rd and final story ussingthe 3rd set of words PLYS the word Deity which I forgot to include in my last story above!! Senior momnet!

    Ever since my friend Victoria from TRINIDAD lost her only child and daughter several years ago, she has done nothing but WALLOW in grief. She spent hours on her KNEES praying to her DEITY to give her another child. Then one day her prayers were answered. She was overjoyed to discover she was pregnant.

    Like during her last pregnancy, she craved BRAYWURST sausages during her last 30 weeks which her husband had a job keeping her supplied with.

    VICTORIA’S SECRET, even from her husband was that she really wanted another daughter so much so that she had consulted a lady that said she could tell her. The lady used a toy shield and a toy SPINDLE to be able to determine the sex of the unborn child. She hung these just over Victoria’s bump. She told her that whichever one moved in a circle, would let them know the answer. Only the toy SPINDLE moved and Victoria was told she was having a girl. She was over the moon and promptly told her husband when he had returned home from work. He was not pleased that she had consulted this lady as he did not believe in all this hocus pocus! He preferred to leave the gift of life to God.

    However Victoria set about, in the last 4 weeks of her pregnancy to decorate the baby’s bedroom pink and buy beautiful little pretty dresses.

    All was ready for this little baby girl and when the baby was delivered, she was so shocked because it was a boy!


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    1. Margaret Adamson: I hope she loves her little boy just as much as the daughter she didn't have... Sad, but lovely use of the words.

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    2. I hope she loves her little boy too. It is a sad story, but a good use of the words.

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    3. I always say a healthy baby with 10 fingers and 10 toes... and then I don't care about the sex:)

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    4. Sad story, happy story, interesting story.

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  16. I'm all excited!! Knockers and Victoria Secrets in your list. You do it for me!

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    1. Sonya Ann: Don't forget the bratwurst... (And the credit is Mark's).

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  17. Woo-hoo! My story is done and scheduled to appear on my blog tomorrow, Friday 20th. I didn't manage all the words, but I couldn't sleep either for all the carry-on in my head with sentences and ideas floating, gelling, demanding to be written down. This one has been quite the challenge. Thank you Mark.

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    1. River: Such simple words - with so much potential. Mark did good. Very good.

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    2. Oh River!! I'm *so* happy you and some others have really jumped in to play with my little, silly words:) It's been so much fun to read all the different "entries!"

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    3. My entry will be at my blog on Friday 20th.

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    4. Looking forward to finding your story.

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  18. What deity slashed these ebonics into my new Reebok sneakers?
    He better take his helmet off its holder.
    For my baseball bats will become knockers.

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    1. Martin Kloess: Taking on a deity makes you a brave (or possibly foolish) person...

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  19. The slug was languishing in an existentialist carpool of fashionista emojis whilst bingeing on Disney movies.:-)

    Greetings from London.

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    1. A Cuban in London: Love it. And have a wonderful image of a languishing slug in my mind.

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    2. I am actually visualizing this:-)

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    1. Sandra Cox: Lots of wonderful words got included...

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  21. I enjoyed this
    But the comments ..kinda more

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    1. John Gray: The comments make the post. Often and often, which is really well illustrated by Words for Wednesday.

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  22. Wallow
    Spindle
    Bratwurst
    Knees
    Trinidad
    Victoria's Secret

    THE FROG VACATION

    Mr. and Mrs. Frog lived
    In a log that was hollow.
    It gave shelter
    And a place to WALLOW.

    Mrs Frog rolled some string
    For crafts on a SPINDLE
    While Mr. Frog sat quietly
    Reading a book on his Kindle.

    Travel thoughts filled him
    As dinner came first.
    He had Mrs. Frog barbeque
    Delicious juicy BRATWURST.

    He strained to help.
    It caused him to wheeze.
    He had tried to kneel
    But frogs don't have KNEES.

    The only thing left
    That might make them glad
    Would be to leave
    On a vacation to TRINIDAD.

    First to VICTORIA'S SECRET
    An important stop for Mrs. Frog.
    As then they waved goodbye
    To the hollow log.

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    1. Granny Annie: Hooray for the frog family. And for Mrs Frog's lingerie stop.

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    2. I bet you that Mr. Frog had a special jump in his step when Mrs. Frog came home and unpacked her little pink bag :)

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    3. I like this very much!

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  23. I have to admit I had a chuckle at some of the possible pairings. :) These kinds of exercises are fun.

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    1. mail4rosey: Oh they are. And someday you will join us. Hint, hint.

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  24. Thanks everyone, and as always.... the hugest THANKS to you, EC :)

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  25. Interesting prompts. I might have to try one or two at some point. :-)

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    1. Misha Gericke: I hope you do. Mark has inspired some wonderful snippets this week.

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  26. I miss this! I have been mostly off the grid and my fiction writing has come to a screeching halt lately, due to trying to keep up with life. I hope to get back to more regular blog visits and writing later this summer. I still have a fiction story written completely from these prompts to finish! Great job here, everyone!

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    1. Susan F.: I hope life will let you get back to this. Mindy has been balanced on a cliff for way too long...

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