FOWC with Fandango — Medal


It’s October 3, 2022. Welcome to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (U.S.).

Today’s word is “medal.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

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14 thoughts on “FOWC with Fandango — Medal

  1. donmatthewspoetry October 3, 2022 / 2:27 am


    I’ve meddled with this medal
    To see what I can see
    No longer has a face on it
    The face (now gone) was me

    I’ve hung my meddled medal
    (Not neck) but on the wall
    I’ve asked who is the fairest medal?
    Who is the fairest of all?

    You are poet…..

    I’m glowing Fan……

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  2. Rall October 3, 2022 / 3:39 am

    she has a husband
    she has kids
    she has a live in mil
    she has a cat
    she has a dog
    she has a job
    she shops
    she cooks
    she does the laundry
    she irons
    she cleans
    she’s a chauffeur
    she weeds the garden
    she deserves a medal

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  3. Marleen October 4, 2022 / 11:08 am

    Contrasting and comparing medal and meddle… with metal and mettle.

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    Meaning: Demonstrate your true character.

    This phrase is sometimes misspelled as ‘show your metal’.

    In fact, that’s not really so far wrong. Metal and mettle were originally variations of spelling for the hard, shiny substance we now always spell ‘metal’.

    Yes, I know that not all metals are hard, but the scientific definition of what is or isn’t is rather laboured.

    The first known use of a variant of ‘show your mettle’ is found in John Fletcher’s Monsieur Thomas, 1619: “When did he ride abroad since he came over? What Tavern has he us’d to? What things done That shews a man, and mettle?”

    Until the end of the 17th century the two spellings, ‘mettle’ and ‘metal’, were virtually interchangable and sometimes both occurred in the same text, as in Daniel Rogers’ Naaman the Syrian, his disease and cure, 1642: “Then she shewes the metall she is made of.” “To try the spirit of men, of what mettle they are made of.”

    By the turn of the 18th century though the two spellings had begun to diverge. ‘Mettle’ was usually reserved for ‘character, disposition – the stuff we are made of’, for example: The Free-thinker March 1719: “I like the Lady’s Wit and Mettle.” ‘Metal’ was more often used as we use it now, for example: Encyclopedia Brittanica, 1797: “To free the noble metals from the stony matter…”

    Of course, there were exceptions and poets looking for a rhyme with kettle could hardly be expected not to be tempted by mettle.

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    A medal, like a kettle, is usually and has historically been made of metal. Yet… unlike history, a medal doesn’t rhyme in comparison to the past; made of metal, it might ring, however. Now… past doesn’t rhyme with passed either but may bring to mind conceptual awareness (let’s not, today, get into the time Adonai, or someone, passed by Moses and whether that was enlightening or tested his mettle). As mettle doesn’t rhyme (nor does it reason) with meddle, while we will go so far as to forge it that way, it apparently hasn’t (at times) but does with metal — but doesn’t, still, with medal.

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