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reticent

  • Inclined to keep silent; reserved; uncommunicative.
  • Restrained or reserved in style.
  • Reluctant; unwilling.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the word of the week in whatever you write today.

Journaling Prompt: What are you reticent about?

Art Prompt: Reticent

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt:Use the word of the week in your article or speech.

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dissident adj
  • In a manner that disagrees; dissenting; discordant; different.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the word of the week in whatever you write today.

Journaling Prompt: What would you protest today?

Art Prompt: Dissident

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt:Use the word of the week in your article or speech.

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precocious
  • Characterized by or characteristic of exceptionally early development or maturity (especially in mental aptitude); as, “a precocious child”; “a precocious achievement.”
  • (Botany) Flowering or fruiting early.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the word of the week in whatever you write today.

Journaling Prompt: Write about someone who is precocious.

Art Prompt: Precocious

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt:Use the word of the week in your article or speech.

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disheveled
  • In loose disorder; disarranged; unkempt; as, “disheveled hair.”

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the word of the week in whatever you write today.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel when you know you’re disheveled, but you are meeting someone new?

Art Prompt: Disheveled

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt:Use the word of the week in your article or speech.

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booklegging n
  • The illicit publication and distribution of banned books.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the word of the week in whatever you write today.

Journaling Prompt: What’s your favorite banned book?

Art Prompt: Booklegging

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt:Use the word of the week in your article or speech.

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scuffle v
  • (intransitive) To fight or struggle confusedly at close quarters.
  • (intransitive) To walk with a shuffling gait.
  • (slang) To make a living with difficulty, getting by on a low income, to struggle financially.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the word of the week in whatever you write today.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a fight that you had or watched when you were a kid. How do you feel about fighters?

Art Prompt: Scuffle

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt:Use the word of the week in your article or speech.

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The ability to deceive someone by telling the truth is not only possible, it has a name — paltering — it’s common in negotiations and those who palter can do serious harm to their reputations, according to research published by the American Psychological Association…

Paltering is used by politicians commonly, according to Rogers. “Politicians often palter when the truthful answer to a question would be harmful,” he said. “When candidates get questions they don’t want to hear, they often focus on continuing to make truthful statements, but try to mislead listeners.”

One famous example Rogers cited was when President Bill Clinton said “there is not a sexual relationship” between him and former White House intern Monica Lewinski. The Starr commission later discovered that there had been a sexual relationship but it had ended months before Clinton made that statement — thus, it was technically true but clearly misleading. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use a scene in which paltering is used to skate consequences of a previous decision.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about politicians paltering?

Art Prompt: Paltering

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the problem with paltering and how it allows politicians to maneuver behind the scene.

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Beholden adj
  • Obliged; bound in gratitude; indebted.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the word of the week in whatever you write today.

Journaling Prompt: Write about someone you feel beholden to.

Art Prompt: Beholden

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt:Use the word of the week in your article or speech.

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crickets n
  • […] (US, slang, humorous) Used alone or in metaphorically descriptive phrases: absolute silence; no communication.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the word of the week in whatever you write today.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when you didn’t get the reaction you expected.

Art Prompt: Crickets

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt:Use the word of the week in your article or speech.

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Ostracize transitive verb
  • To banish or expel from a community or group;to cast out from social, political, or private favor.
  • [Greek Antiquity] To exile by ostracism; tobanish by a popular vote, as at Athens.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the word of the week in whatever you write today.

Journaling Prompt: Have you ever felt ostracized or have you ever been part of ostracizing someone else? Write about the experience.

Art Prompt: Ostracize

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt:Use the word of the week in your article or speech.

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