Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – Play It Again!  (archived challenges)
Today we revisit archived challenges of the Imaginary Garden. This affords us the opportunity to catch up on a recent prompt we may have missed or allows us to explore the side bar (2011 – 2016). 

I chose:  Words Count With Mama Zen from December 29,2016

“For my final Words Count post of 2016, it seems only fitting to feature the Oxford Dictionaries words of the year. Are you ready?

The Oxford Dictionaries word of the year for 2016 is . . . (drum roll, please) . . .

Post-truth: an adjective relating to circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than emotional appeals.

But wait! There’s more!

The shortlist:
Adulting – The practice of behaving in a way characteristic of a responsible adult, especially the accomplishment of mundane but necessary tasks
Alt-right – An ideological grouping associated with extreme conservative or reactionary viewpoints, characterized by a rejection of mainstream politics and by the use of online media to disseminate deliberately controversial content
Brexiteer – A person who is in favour of the UK withdrawing from the European Union
Chatbot – A computer program designed to simulate conversation with human users, especially over the internet
Coulrophobia – Extreme or irrational fear of clowns
Glass cliff – Used with reference to a situation in which a woman or member of a minority group ascends to a leadership position in challenging circumstances where the risk of failure is high
Hygge – A quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being, regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture
Latinx – A person of Latin American origin or descent, used as a gender-neutral or non-binary alternative to Latino or Latina
Woke – Originally in African-American usage meaning alert to injustice in society, especially racism

Hell of a year, huh? Let’s close it out with a poem (how about 70 words or less) using at least one of the words of the year.”

Woke! Woke! See what is
happening here. We will change
brexiteer to blaxiteer, if
this country cannot unite.
Let us vote these alt-rights,
who truly think they are
representative of the people.
What we need is less whining
and more adulting.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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12 Responses to Adultify

  1. Kerry O'Connor says:

    The last two lines say it all.. less whining, more adulting. But easier said than done.


  2. M says:

    more dolting than adulting going on, certainly ~


  3. Jim says:

    Ive been seeing the list but haven’t stopped to read until yours. I’m glad you included clown fear but I’m afraid the common fold won’t use that on. Our granddaughter is deathly afraid of ALL dogs. Lots of kids and even adults are afraid of them.
    I’m afraid of tall women younger and talker than me. I get out of elevators at the next stop when one comes in. I think not a single word for this.


  4. More adulting, will definitely differentiate from sandbox bullying. Wonder what needs to happen for the world to realize.


  5. MYRNA ZACH says:

    p.s. The IRS in its infinite wisdom has deemed the alt-right tax exempt status.


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  6. More adulting can sure make things better. At least, we can hope.

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  7. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says:

    I think many countries could use more adulting!

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