There are times when I see the weekly prompt and have no idea what I’m going to write about. Today, for example, I saw the prompt, eco, and knew damn well people would use it to write about ecology or economics, and I couldn’t write about either without getting blatantly political, and I swore on my mother’s grave I’d never get blatantly political on this blog, so those were O-W-T out.
Which left me in a bind. If I wasn’t going to write about ecology or economics, what was I going to write about? My saving grace in this case was Linda saying that the word could also contain “eco”. So, I cheated a little and found a page of words containing eco. There are, as you can see, quite a few. An overwhelming amount, as it turns out, some of which I had no idea what they meant. For example, “arecoline,” which the Free Dictionary defines as “a drug derived from betel nuts and producing a range of effects, including increased salivation, body temperature, and heart rate.”
(It just struck me that Arecoline would make a pretty good woman’s name, especially if she caused increased salivation, body temperature, and heart rate. But I digress.)
Another word I found was “prerecorded,” a word I used to hear a lot on TV, as in “portions of this newscast were prerecorded.” I always thought that was kind of silly to say. I mean, if the eleven o’clock news showed a press conference with Keisha Lance-Bottoms (the new mayor of Atlanta) that happened at ten that morning, it’s only logical that it was prerecorded. And at signoff, they would say, “portions of today’s telecast were prerecorded.” Duh! I mean, even the sermonette was prerecorded. I didn’t expect that Rabbi Moses Goldblatt from Temple Shalom was actually sitting in the studio ready to deliver his thought for the day, especially if it was exactly the same as the one he gave at 6 AM when the station signed on…
I was going to end there, but I realized I had a great word that ended with “eco”: zydeco!
Now that’s dancing…
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