An Exercise in Creativity

A. Rose Hill, our state poet laureate, conducted a fun activity at our last Range Writers meeting. I urge all my readers to try it. I don’t think it’s just for writers. For those of you who are teachers, this might be something fun to try with your kids.

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First of all, write down the following list of words.

Anthropomorphize

Basilisk

Propinquity

Djellabia

Jejune Banjax Furlong Benison Glottis Acanthus

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Now, use each word in a sentence. If you don’t know a word’s meaning, make it up. Be funny if you want. Whatever you do, don’t scroll down past the three asterisks below until you’ve completed this task.

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Now, here are the actual definitions of these words. If you didn’t know their meanings, you can compare what you thought they meant with what they really mean and maybe have a good laugh.

Anthropomorphize—attribute human qualities to

Basilisk—legendary reptile; lizard like iguana

Propinquity—nearness

Djellabia or galabia—long, loose hooded garment

Jejune—not mature or childish

Banjax—smash or ruin

Furlong-220 yards

Benison—blessing or benediction

Glottis—space between vocal cords or surrounding structures

Acanthus—any of several prickly herbs of the Mediterranean region

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Now, here are my sentences. As you’ll note, I didn’t know the meaning of any of these words until now. Please feel free to share your sentences in the comments field.

Anthropomorphize: Dinosaurs anthropomized into humans.

Basilisk: I added basilisk to my spaghetti sauce.

Propinquity: I was disgusted by his propinquity.

Djellabia: For dessert, I fixed djellabia.

Jejune: I didn’t have a jejune wedding.

Banjax: After the hootenanny, he cleaned his instrument with Banjax.

Furlong: How long is a furlong?

Benison: To prevent my sinuses from clogging at night, I take Benison before going to bed.

Glottis: I supplement my meals with glottis.

Acanthus: He was diagnosed with cancer of the acanthus.

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