Wordle #176 – Ada’s Lockjaw


This week’s challenge: lockjaw [spasm of the jaw muscles, causing the mouth to remain tightly closed, typically as a symptom of tetanus|an accent associated with the upper class of the northeastern United States, characterized by a supposed lack of movement of the mouth and jaw] Ambiguous Adjuration [an earnest request; entreaty|a solemn or desperate urging or counseling] laconic [(of a person, speech, or style of writing) using very few words| brief, terse, succinct] Canter spare key swan song [a person’s final public performance or professional activity before retirement] mellisonant [containing or constituting or characterized by pleasing melody] Dope Electrics Costume Posturing

There was nothing ambiguous about Ada. She liked to gab, it was a part of her nature and when the lockjaw hit her it came a s a relief to her husband, the long suffering Hilton.

The result of Ada’s lockjaw was she became a very laconic character, choosing her words carefully fully understanding that she had limited time each time she opened her mouth to get out what it was she wanted to say before the lockjaw kicked in.

So for Ada each opportunity to speak was like her swan song. She took every chance to have the last say.

To Hilton her unusual silence during the day as mellisonant and he loved the silent nature of what he heard coming from her mouth. As it was Halloween Hilton loved each year to don his costume one which he knew Ada disliked as she wasn’t much for celebrating anything apart from her ability to gab. She had tried over the years to adjurate to get Hilton some help from the local therapist “I’m listenin’” O’Hallinan whom Hilton referred to as a dope more interested in electrics than anything Hilton had to say. Hilton suspected “I’m listenin’” smoked dope as well.

Needless to say all efforts at adjuration fell on deaf ears despite all of Ada’s loud and enthusiastic posturing from one day to another.

So now with Ada in the clutches of lockjaw Hilton went at a canter into his Halloween celebrations and so decked out in his costume he grabbed the spare key leaving the floundering Ada at home fuming but unable to utter a word in protest.

In her now silent world Ada had time to reflect on the current situation where she would have been vocal in her opinions she was beginning the understand the meaning of ambiguity.


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10 Responses to Wordle #176 – Ada’s Lockjaw

  1. Vivian Zems says:

    So funny. Poor Ada must be so frustrated. Hubby seems relieved!

  2. Similar thoughts Michael. I’m still chuckling.

  3. julespaige says:

    Some lessons take longer to learn.
    I like that Hilton was able to have some fun…

  4. scribblersdip says:

    I like how the fuming, lock-jawed wife was forced to sit and fume and think on “ambiguity” – LOL – definitely had me chuckling through this. Great use of the wordle this week Michael 🙂 creative as per your imaginings – had me going with the presumed dope smoking “I’m listenin’” O’Hallinan – well done and thanks for playing 🙂

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