I Know Words

“You’re way down in the polls,” the reporter said.

“I don’t care what the polls say. My campaign is like a juggernaut,” he said. “There is nothing that can derail it.”

“You sound very sure of yourself,” the reporter said. “Do you have any evidence to support your contention?”

“I have my gut and my brain,” he said. “I have a better brain than any other president in history. I’ve kept more promises than I’ve made. I’ve accomplished more in my first term than any other president has accomplished in even three or four terms. I’ve done more for the blacks than any other president, aside from Lincoln, but maybe even more than Lincoln. You know, Lincoln was a Republican. Nobody knows that.”

“You’re coming across as quite grandiloquent,” the reporter pointed out.

“Thank you,” he said.

“Do you know what that word means?” the reporter asked.

0EE52D04-9C33-49AC-A7B2-0AD3757618E0“Of course I do,” he said. “I know words. I have the best words.”

“Actually,” the reporter said, “grandiloquent means pompous with an intent to impress. It was not a compliment.”

Trump looked at his watch and said, “Whoops, time’s up. Interview is over.” He abruptly got up and walked out of the room.


Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (juggernaut), Word of the Day Challenge (grandiloquent), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (whoops).

Weekend Writing Prompt — Nuanced Words

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Your words put together discretely
Yet in a beautiful style
There is a kindness to your voice
A nuance driving us to ponder
And that cajoles us to think even more deeply
More thoughtfully


Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where the prompt is the word “nuance.”5BCA9AD2-7D10-4DC3-8228-B2CA5E72637DAlso for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (magical), Your Daily Word Prompt (discrete), The Daily Spur (beautiful), Jibber Jabber (kindness), Word of the Day Challenge (driving), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (cajole).

First Things First

08E0431E-46A8-4E7D-8E34-DBC9704B96A2The blogger at The Extra..aaamile, whose name is Savio, I think, because, in his About Page, he wrote, “I love my name ‘Savio’ …in Italian it means clever or bright,” challenged me (and a number of other bloggers) to something he calls “First Things First.” It’s a game where you say the first thing that comes to your mind when someone says a word. Savio has given us two examples to illustrate how this game works:

~If I say “Love” …what’s the first word that comes to your mind?

~…and detest? [it is a stronger word than hate – so answer carefully]

Finally, Savio suggests that we “don’t think too much” when we play this game. I think I’m highly qualified to do that! 😉

So let’s do this:

~Love — This is a tough one. I’m torn between ‘blogging’ and ‘family.’ But just in case anyone in my family reads this, I’ll go with ‘family.’

~Detest — Donald Trump

~Red — Sunburn

~Money — Stock Market

~Commitment — Pledge

~Home — Shelter-in-place

~House — Home

~Honesty — Integrity

~Beautiful — Stunning

~Passion — Heat

~First glance…what do you look at? Male and Female — Eyes

~Woman — Beauty

~Sunset — Calm

~Heartbreak — Pain

~Experience — Wisdom

~Ageing — Experience

~Past, Present, or Future? Why? Timeline. Why? Because a timeline often shows the past, present, and future. Duh!

~Vulnerable — Weak

~Time — Magazine

~Date — Blind

~Relaxation — Meditation

~Death — The end

~go to person…besides family/spouse, etc. — I don’t know. Maybe Rachel Maddow?

~Childhood — Innocence

~Gift — Present

~Regret — Sadness

~Foundation —Base

~If you were to rewind? And fast forward – what’s the one thing you’d want to witness — Unless I could alter the past or change the future, not a damn thing.

So thank you, Savio, for tagging me. If any of you wish to play this game, I tag you.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #35

FPQWelcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration. By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

For this week’s provocative question, I am going to leverage a comment that one of my followers made on one of my posts. He wrote, in response to the lyrics of a song I posted, “You might say that we shouldn’t apply today’s standards to history, but I disagree.”4961E034-9D24-4249-A85C-62E09CA6F6F8This got me thinking about the positions former US Senator, former Vice President, and current Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden took decades ago on issues such as busing, at the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas with respect to Anita Hill’s allegation of sexual harassment, on criminal justice laws, etc.

It also called to mind what was just revealed about a telephone conversation that former President Ronald Reagan had with Richard Nixon, in which Reagan said, “To see those, those monkeys from those African countries — damn them, they’re still uncomfortable wearing shoes!”

So the provocative question this week is this:

Do you believe public figures (e.g., politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors) — or anyone, actually — should be judged by today’s standards for their words or actions from decades earlier? Why or why not?

If you choose to participate, write a post with your response to the question. Once you are done, tag your post with #FPQ and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

The issue with pingbacks not showing up seems to have been resolved, but you might check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

In Other Words — Random Intents

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Random thoughts

Random words

Random acts

Random deeds

With random intents, good or bad.


Written for the In Other Words prompt from Patricia’s Place. The challenge this week is to write a story or poem of five lines or fewer using the word “random.”