Patrick M., has been kind and is helping me out a bit while I’m working on your anthology. He suggested a challenge that I love. Frankly, it’s possible that he had an ultraterior motive. He knows that without new ideas, I will probably post a picture of a bug and ask for the bug’s story. That will wait as long as good ideas emerge from you guys.
Here’s what he had to say.
As discussed, got another possible challenge for you. Kinda carries on from the previous one, but a bit… meaner. Feel free to quote any of the bits below if you want to use it.
“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less.”
“The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things.”
“The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, ‘which is to be master — that’s all.”
- Lewis Carroll.
William Shakespeare did it. So did James Joyce. The producers of any number of reality shows do it nearly every week. I am talking about pressing words into service in a way different from their original purpose. In Richard the Second, Shakespeare took the noun “uncle”, and made it a verb,
“Grace me no grace, nor uncle me no uncle.”
In Ulysses, James Joyce did the same thing with the adjective “mitred”,
“Bald Pat who is bothered mitred the napkins.”
In the case of the reality shows, the producers subvert a verb into a noun when they talk about “The big reveal.” (At which point I always yell at the television screen “The word is REVELATION, people!”)
But Messrs. Shakespeare and Joyce and Carroll didn’t stop there. They were also inventors of words. Depending on who you reference, Shakespeare is credited with creating between one and three thousand words that we use every day. And when looking for a word to describe a seagull’s call in Finnegan’s Wake, Joyce creates his own,
“Three quarks for Muster Mark!
Sure he has not got much of a bark.”
And as for Mr Carroll,
“Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.”
Of course writers have been messing with the written word since, well, since the beginning of the written word. That is the beauty of language, and the basis of a possible challenge: to become a semanbulist (yes, I made that up) or neologist, and mess with the form or meaning of an existing word, glue two or more words together to form something new, or pull a completely made-up word out of thin air, and use it in a post.
Keep in mind, this is a monitored group and there are only a couple of rules, which are:
Make sure you put this (WWE, 4/10/13, Neologist) in your title.
Be sure to tag it with WWE, Gather Writing Essentials, Neologist. Post to Gather Writing Essential.
I ask that you make your submission(s) by next Tuesday afternoon.
There is a limit of three submissions from each member per day. If you’re extremely prolific, spread out your work and post only three submissions per day.
Put this challenge statement at the beginning or end of your submission so readers will know what you’re supposed to do and won’t think you’re crazy.
Challenge: Become a semanbulist (yes, I made that up) or neologist, and mess with the form or meaning of an existing word, glue two or more words together to form something new, or pull a completely made-up word out of thin air, and use it in a post.
BELOW ARE RESPONSES TO PRIOR CHALLENGES – CHECK THEM OUT. Please let me know if I missed anyone’s post and I’ll get it linked for next week.
What I dream for and want the most, by Angela A.
A Dream Come True, by Irina Dimitric
Dream, by Sheila Deeth
A DREAM OF SAILS, by Joann B.
Dreams or Wants – to be thin again, by Amy S.