Hmmm, I wonder what he could have done with one of these #hashtag critters…
If you follow my writing closely you know that I enjoy an occasional #playonwords. I’ve coined a few new words myself, some of which you can find at the Urban Dictionary. So I found out recently that Shakespeare originated over 1,700 words! #OhMyLexicon, that’s almost a language in itself!! Some of his word usage forever modified the accepted norm… he changed nouns into verbs, verbs into adjectives, added prefixes to some and suffixes to others. #catchmydrift? So he rounded out some thoughts. Here are just a few examples of words that Shakespeare created:
#Puking. Well, when I read my e-mail spam I usually want to puke… but that’s OK because I usually don’t even bother reading it and just delete it without noticing what it says… unless I really want to puke, or am interested in an occasional good chuckle.
#Bet. Every time I see this word I think of Flintstone, there was an episode where Freddy had a gambling problem… all I remember is him saying, “Ba baa baa ba baa ba ba baa baa BET!” He couldn’t stop himself. Hey, but wait a second, didn’t Flintstone predate Shakespeare??
#Majestic. Oh wow, the Christian Writers Blog Chain just used this one recently, my contribution was “The Grand Canyon: A Majestic Walk Through Time.”
#Hobnob. This is a brand name for a biscuit sold in the UK. You, too, can get yours at jollygrub.com. Ha!! And you thought I was going to say something curt about hobnobbing with celebrities… you know, the fine art (well, not really) of schmoozing, rubbing elbows, or otherwise pretentiously chumming up with the socially elite. You too, can get your hobnob on… the season is almost upon us. Please just don’t hobnob on Sunday morning, OK, this walk is really all about Jesus… unless, of course, your “hobnob” involves dunking one in milk before the worship service… UK style.
#Swagger. Did you all catch that lead-in… pretty sweet, eh :-). To walk or carry oneself with insolence. Sorry, we’ve gotten way off track now and we need to quickly turn this boat on it’s keel… there was nothing #pedant about Jesus’ walk!!
Jesus pretty much summed it all up when He said, “Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.” Matthew 5:37
OK, one more… #Zany. So the U.D. says this word is “out of fashion.” Pshaw!! (they probably don’t dig that word either). OK, so Zany was coined in the early 1600’s, it’s still whimsical to me!
… and so the list could go on and on… but I promised we would get this train back on the track (or did we agree to get the boat on it’s course today… hee hee!), so without further delay…
If he had a #hashtag…
Sonnet #116, to me, is one of the most beautiful and eloquent ever written. But what was The Bard really getting at? My take is in green…
Let me not to the marriage of true minds #biteyourtongue
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds, unconditional love = #letyouryesbeyes
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark the lighthouse (then a bit about storms)
That looks on tempests and is never shaken; this is all making more sense now, right?
It is the star to every wandering bark, Love = guiding light to every lost ship
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken. #invaluable and also #measurable
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks #truelovegrows
Within his bending sickle’s compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks, #loveendures
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved, #TakeItToTheBank
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.
Shakespeare’s #PlayOnWords …
Do you have a favorite buzz word, or Bible verse for today?