So turns out the phrase ‘new normal’ is not new after all! Who knew? While I recall feeling this phrase was familiar, I did not realize how ‘not new’ it was until I did a random search with the title of this blog post! So is new normal a compound word? No (or not yet); it is a phrase!
But I actually already knew that part (about the phrase); so the title is because of what follows next in my Scribblings in addition to the discovery that this phrase is – not to repeat myself – pretty old actually. Check out ‘Origin of ‘the new normal’ as a freestanding phrase’ to find out more.
A few other fun reads if you want to
- Words vs Phrases (Washington.edu)
- Why we’ve created new language for coronavirus – BBC Worklife
- Test Your Corona.cacubalary (fun!)
- A Word, Please: Making compounds can sometimes be complicated (LA Times)
The Compound Word Verse
This week I continue exploring the invented poetry form, and return to Shadow Poetry for inspiration. I decided on the compound word verse today (now an aha moment for you as you check the title of my post again!)
h/t: Shadow Poetry
What is the Compound Word Verse?
As the name indicates, it plays upon compound words. Margaret R. Smith invented this fun form of five stanzas, each ending in a compound word. Each compound word uses a stem word taken from the poem’s title.
The Compound Word Verse’s Characteristics
So here are this form’s key elements:
- is stanzaic; has 5 tercets (or 3-line stanzas)
- has a rhyme scheme of aax bbx ccx ddx eex (or a combination thereof, where x can be/is generally unrhymed)
- is syllabic; 8, 8, 3 syllables in each tercet
- and last but not the least – the compound word! Each tercet ends with a compound of the same stem word taken from the title
My Example Compound Word Verse
My first attempt … needs lots of rework(d)ing; or tbh, a whole new attempt.. but this is simply to show you what the compound word verse is.
Lost and Found … in a Book
Once upon a hide and seek game
All were found ‘cept one whose nickname
was – bookworm.
They launched a massive search for her
Until to someone did occur
There they did find her lost within
All those wondrous worlds contained in
Hide and seek was now forgotten
Each lost and found themselves – hidden
Adventures, how-tos, facts, and more
Tales of today, and tales of yore –
They are (h)booked!
Vidya Tiru @ LadyInReadWrites.com
And attempting this poem reminded me of one of my favorite poems about books (maybe my inspiration for this too!) – I Opened a Book by Julia Donaldson
My Most Recent Posts
From my last Sunday Scribblings (well, there is one more week of October so hope I get in one post a day there!)
- United Nations Day: 5 Books For You
- 5 Non-fiction Books You Need to Read Now
- Sunday Scribblings #47: Epic – Awesome and Awesomely Long Poems
Cybils reading continues; and in addition to the digital copies I have been reading, I got my first set of physical books from our local library. Only pickups – from an express pickup desk setup outside allowed at this time at all our libraries.
My bookstagram attempts
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Myrtle Hardcastle Scavenger Hunt: Can you find Peony the cat? Let me know in the comments if you do.. .. also tag @algonquinyr and share on your story for a chance to win great prizes. Check out my previous IG posts https://www.instagram.com/p/CGBWUB1Hl1E/ and https://www.instagram.com/p/CGBLdigHTqb/ for more info and the review. Thanks to @algonquinyr once again for giving me this opportunity to be a part of the book tour and for the delightful ARCs of the Myrtle series by @elizabethcbunce. #ru_books_20 #Rebels_united #rebel_pops #current_challenge #current_challenges #doublemyrtle #howtogetawaywithmyrtle #premeditatedmyrtle #myrtlehardcastle #ladyinreadwrites #algonquinyr #MHDS #elizabethcbunce #instagramscavengerhunt #peonythecat #booktour #coverlove #bookworm #middlegradefiction #middlegradeseries #middlegrademystery #bookstagram #fallreads #readingisfun
And The Others
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Day 23: Nature; Day 297, 2020: “A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, because her trust is not in the branch but in her own wings. Always believe in yourself.” – Anonymous Love this quote… and this pic is one from the archives… I don’t recall how I saw this pretty one but glad I did.. 🙂 . . . #rebelsunitedoct2020potd #rebels_nature #rebels_united #297_candid #picturethis365 #ladyinreadwrites #traveltales #birdsofinstagram #raw_allnature #raw_nature #raw_birds #myweekofselectivefocus #its_my_week
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Day 296, 2020: There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence. – Ralph Waldo Emerson Loving these blooms in my October garden… . . . #its_my_week #myweekofselectivefocus #ladyinreadwrites #rebel_flowers #raw_flowers_ #mybackyardgarden #rosesmakemehappy
On My Blog and Home-front
For the blog, not much new…
- more Cybils reading
- hopefully more reviews and other posts this week
As far as the home-front, college apps stuff continues along with everything else normal…
This Week’s Celebrations
Here are a couple I know I will try to celebrate in one way or ther other.
- Need a reason to celebrate Chocolate? I don’t but if you do, then we have National Chocolate Day on the 28th of October.
- And let us celebrate the internet. Without it, we would have been even more isolated in this new normal! It is International Internet Day on the 29th of October. It was on this date in 1969 that the first remote connection (or the internet) was first achieved between two computers!
Wrapping up my Sunday Scribblings
So dear reader, this was it for my Sunday Scribblings. I would love to hear your comments on my post(s), poetic Sunday section, and anything else. And which of these days do you plan to celebrate (or any other)?