Monday, October 31, 2016

Week in Seven Words #311

The desk chair that's meant to be sat on, not ridden, breaks. She slides off it with an expression that's part-guilty, part-puzzled. We live in a strange world indeed, where desk chairs just fall apart without warning, she seems to say.

Watching the Matilda movie from the 1990s, and the only person truly freaking out from Trunchbull is another adult in the room. "Is this... how can this be real? How can she get away with this?" he asks.

People looking for a purpose and a place find neither, seek someone near them to blame.

He prefers passive-aggressive insults. Instead of telling me directly what he thinks about my character, mind, and looks, he'll discuss someone I bear a resemblance to and make hostile remarks about the qualities I share with them.

In an orange coffee mug, she's growing what looks like a valiant twig. Whatever it is has sprouted a couple of leaves and angled itself towards the window.

Pages whirring, books thudding, students sniffling over their assignments.

A pink evening glow of laughter and play.


Brian Joseph said...

I laughed when I read "causality". A good desk chair should be properly designed to serve as an object to be ridden! :)

bibliophilica said...

I was pondering passive aggressive-ness for awhile myself this morning here in the office, thinking how facing it often makes me want to be ACTIVELY aggressive. Would that be some offshoot of irony, or just the popular misunderstanding of that word?

But, I think my winner this week will be "phototropic" from the strength of the words "valiant twig." Brilliant! What a combination!

HKatz said...

@ Brian - many people would agree :)

@ Jay - passive-aggressiveness is so prevalent and hard to counter (as one of the tactics of passive-aggressive people is to make you look unreasonable when you try to confront them head on).

In any case, I'm glad you liked the "valiant twig," thanks!

Lucy said...

There's a British hospital drama called 'Casualty', set in the equivalent of your ER I think. The plots used to build up from the initial causes which would eventually lead to the accident which would bring the protagonists into the eponymous casualty department. We used to call it 'Causality', and it always pleased me how it was nearly an anagram but not quite. The same applies to your office chair scenario I think!

'Likeness' is horrible, but it's good at least that you've nailed it so well even if you're not able to confront him directly with it.

Good to catch up with all your seven words posts.

The Bookworm said...

Great word post as always. I like lashing, it is true. Also the image treasuring creates. Happy weekend.

HKatz said...

Thanks, Lucy. I think confronting him with it directly would result in more of the same behavior.

And Naida, thanks. 'Treasuring' is definitely something I hold very dear.