Hello SEers! Harmony here. I hope this finds you all well today 🙂
In the spirit of fostering creativity, I thought we’d have a bit of fun today by playing with definitions.
We writers can spend a lot of time looking up word definitions in dictionaries or online. Just for fun, type ‘Askew’ into your Google search bar and hit return, then look at the page that loads … do you see it? Ah well, gave me a giggle! If, perchance, it doesn’t work on your device, then what Google does is to display the page askew … that is, on a slant, lols.
A typical dictionary definition reads something like:
1.a small vessel for travelling over water, propelled by oars, sails, or an engine.’
Pretty mundane stuff, right?
The other day, I came across an amusing wall plaque that offered a different view:
A large hole in the water, surrounded by wood, into which money is poured.’
When I finally stopped chuckling, this set my brain alight with other ideas for twisting the meaning of things. Some of the best books I’ve read contained unique metaphors or put a twist on old cliches. To have a play with definitions helps us to look around corners and come up with our own curious, unusual, and amusing phrases.
Here are some more that I found online …
Tiny creatures that live in your closet and sew your clothes a little bit tighter every night.’
Something you tell everybody to tell nobody.’
The best time to do everything that you planned to do today.’
A word used in place of the one you can’t spell.’
And, to finish off with, a couple of mine:
A cross between a Dwarf and a Troll with a warped sense of humour.’
(And, my personal favourite …)
A person who doesn’t know the answer and is a little stumped, usually from spending all day legless.’
A quick note for those of you who may find the last one a tad offensive: I am an amputee myself, and as you can see, I have a wicked sense of humour, which helps me make the best of a difficult situation. As does the chappie on the right … yep, I SO need to try out this trick!
The point to all of this is to challenge our preconceived notions and ideas and pull us out of our set thinking patterns. Don’t worry too much about coming up with offensive stuff. You can worry about that later if it ever makes it into one of your books! he he he 🙂
My challenge for you today is to come up with your own twists on definitions. I’d love to see which blind corners your minds go around.
Thanks for stopping by today. It’s always great to share with you.