word of the week writing challenge

In 2013 one of my favorite online hangouts ((www.chatspike.net)) had a word of the week in the channel topic, prompted by a calendar wacie got in our secret santa 2012.

Being a writing enthousiast, she decided to turn this into a fun little challenge and here it is.

Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to write a short story using all 53 words that were featured the in the #falling channel topic.

The guidelines are:

  • no minimum word count
  • no time limit (if you want to do it, do it for yourself), but subscriptions will be taken until the end of the month
  • word order does not matter
  • the definitions in the word list are not the only valid ones, feel free to use others
  • any tense or form of the word is ok
  • short story was suggested, but you can do whatever you want. poem, humor piece. Just use all the words.
  • incentive: writing practice, broadened vocabulary, satisfaction of having done something constructive with your time. depending on the number of entries there might be a surprise for you.
  • the entries will NOT be shared unless you expressly ask for it or share them yourse

If you want to submit your work, you can do it here.


Here’s the vocabulary for the task at hand:

  • Retrodict (v): to utilize present information or ideas to infer or explain (a past event or state of affairs)
  • Ekphrasis (n): a literary description of or commentary on a visual work of art
  • Ratiocination (n): the process of exact thinking; a reasoned train of thought
  • Veridical (adj): truthful, veracious; not illusory
  • Sub rosa (adv): in confidence, secretly
  • Malinger (v): to pretend to be sick or injured in order to avoid doing work
  • Fanfaronade (n): empty boasting, bluster
  • Wangle (v): to get something by clever methods or by persuading someone
  • Longueur (n): a boring part of something (such as a book or play)
  • Clerisy (n): intelligentsia
  • Ailurophile (n): a cat fancier, a lover of cats
  • Canaille (n): rabble, riffraff; proletarian
  • Factotum (n): a person whose job involves doing many different types of work
  • Aureate (n): of a golden color or brilliance; marked by grandiloquent and rhetorical style
  • MacGuffin (n): an object, event, or character in a film or story that serves to set and keep the plot in motion despite usually lacking intrinsic importance
  • Cathexis (n): investment of mental or emotional energy in a person, object, or idea
  • Venal (adj): capable of being bought or obtained for money or other valuable consideration, purchasable, open to corrupt influence and especially bribery; originating in, characterized by, or associated with corrupt bribery
  • Macerate (v): to cause to waste away by or as if by excessive fasting; to cause to become soft or separated into constituent elements by or as if by steeping in fluid, steeping or soaking
  • Colporteur (n): a peddler of religious books
  • Etiolate (v): to bleach and alter the natural development of (a green plant) by excluding sunlight; to make pale; to deprive of natural vigor, make feeble
  • Billingsgate (n): coarsely abusive language
  • Billet-doux (n): a love letter
  • Effrontery (n): a very confident attitude or way of behaving that is shocking or rude
  • Alterity (n): otherness, specifically; the quality or state of being radically alien to the conscious self or a particular cultural orientation
  • Sequacious (adj): subservient, tractable; intellectually servile
  • Hypocorism (n): a pet name; the use of pet names
  • Woolgathering (n): indulgence in idle daydreaming
  • Vorago (n): an engulfing chasm, abyss
  • Terpsichorean (adj): of or relating to dancing
  • Nudnik (n): a person who is a bore or nuisance
  • Snaffle (n): a simple usually jointed bit for a bridle; (v): to obtain especially by devious or irregular means
  • Ecotone (n): a transition area between two adjacent ecological communities
  • Banausic (adj): relating to or concerned with earning a living —used pejoratively; utilitarian or practical
  • Corrigendum (n): an error in a printed work discovered after printing and shown with its correction on a separate sheet
  • Philately (n): the collection and study of postage and imprinted stamps :  stamp collecting
  • Masscult (n): the artistic and intellectual culture associated with and disseminated through the mass media ; mass culture
  • Deuteragonist (n): the actor taking the part of second importance in a classical Greek drama; a person who serves as a foil to another
  • Extemporaneous (adj): composed, performed, or uttered on the spur of the moment, impromptu; carefully prepared but delivered without notes or text; skilled at or given to extemporaneous utterance; happening suddenly and often unexpectedly and usually without clearly known causes or relationships; provided, made, or put to use as an expedient
  • Conurbation (n): a large area consisting of cities or towns that have grown so that there is very little room between them
  • Inchoate (adj): being only partly in existence or operation, incipient; imperfectly formed or formulated; formless, incoherent
  • Camarilla (n): a group of unofficial, often secret, and scheming advisers, cabal
  • Arriviste (n): one that is a new and uncertain arrival (as in social position or artistic endeavor)
  • Carceral (adj): of, relating to, or suggesting a jail or prison
  • Advert (v): to turn the mind or attention —used with to; to call attention in the course of speaking or writing, make reference —used with to
  • Chthonic (adj): of or relating to the underworld, infernal
  • Malapropism (n): the usually unintentionally humorous misuse or distortion of a word or phrase; especially :  the use of a word sounding somewhat like the one intended but ludicrously wrong in the context; malaprop
  • Vermicular (adj): resembling a worm in form or motion; of or related to worms
  • Apparatchik (n): a member of a Communist apparat; a blindly devoted official, follower, or member of an organization (as a corporation or political party)
  • Tu quoque (n): a retort charging an adversary with being or doing what he criticizes in others
  • Fey (adj): fated to die, doomed; able to see into the future, visionary; marked by an otherworldly air or attitude; crazy; excessively refined; quaintly unconventional
  • Oriflamme (n): a banner, symbol, or ideal inspiring devotion or courage
  • Styptic (adj): tending to contract or bind; astringent; especially; tending to check bleeding
  • Mythomania (n): an excessive or abnormal propensity for lying and exaggerating

If you enjoy writing or just playing with words, please join in, it’ll be fun. If you know someone who might enjoy this challenge, please, spread the word. The more the merrier.

Should you publish the result of this challenge, let me know, I’m dying to see what others do.

My work will appear on this blog after I’ve submitted it so you can all laugh or roll your eyes or heave in disgust at what I did to those poor words.

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