(Tweeting as @TSupercargo)
Ameliorate : To make or become better; to improve; to heal; to solve a problem
Today @artwiculate gave us a way to ameliorate our lives, and many of us took the chance, some more successfully, perhaps, than others.
Our doyenne (dare I call her that?) @SJHatzi Had some suggestions about how to play the game:
RT @SJHatzi How to ameliorate Artwiculate? Play. W/ joyful abandon! W/ camaraderie & goodwill! W/ charm & good-natured mischief! Allons-y!
(@SJHatzi I mean “doyenne” only in the sense “most respected, prominent woman” and not in any other!!)
On the other hand, @hollyrocket exhibited a reaction to the game I recognise from personal experience.
RT @hollyrocket i just told a client i would attempt to ameliorate the situation. this is not part of the game. my life is absorbing the game. help me.
Hope you’re feeling better soon @hollyrocket!
Speaking personally, I spent far too long today trying to make a limerick that used both the @Artwiculate & the @Loqwacious WOTDs.
As I’ve mentioned before, I think Twitter’s 140 characters make limericks difficult to craft, so I’m always impressed when someone pulls off a good one. Viz:
RT @simonnix There once was a taciturn Vicar Who had quite a problem w/liquor. He drank at a rate To ameliorate But his heart & his mind were the sicker.
But the WOTD seemed also to lend itself to love poetry. For example:
RT @I2Haiku With you / the day is brighter / everything seems / more beautiful / you ameliorate my life #artwiculate #gogyohka
RT @ChayaChaya You ameliorate my darkness each time you smile. You create Light inside my broken nerves, performing Magic
RT @Ysabeluna \you ameliorate life’s mediocrity \& my sanity \with your smile \loving sighs \& the longing desire in your eyes\ #artwiculate #gogyohka
As ever the WOTD left some of us (I mean me) struggling, yet inspired others. One of today’s more prolific Artwicutweeters was @MaltaGoddess
@MaltaGoddess gave us a whole range of “How to …” tweets. I liked several, but choose to RT this:
RT @MaltaGoddess How to ameliorate my morning: don’t talk to me. But, yes, you can do that other thing.
Another who seemed to take flight was @marcosarroyos I think I voted for 4 or 5 of Marcos’s today. Here’s my favourite:
RT @marcosarroyos Don’t berate, ameliorate
And still in the realm of short and sweet, it’s a pleasure to see @emmaexpress playing again. *waves*
RT @emmaexpress Irate, ameliorate, placate.
@Ameeee shared a thought
RT @Ameeee To ameliorate at the risk of friendship is love.
As did @Wifsie
RT @Wifsie Love is not love which ameliorate -s when it low ratings finds. #sorryshakespeare
@helacious was having a bad day
RT @helacious Rain, regret, remonstration. I fear nothing will ameliorate this day!
While @osmarjardim was just brimming over with … erm … @osmarjardim
RT @osmarjardim I am pure good handsome and perfect. Not even my weak point, my modesty, can be ameliorate-d.
A condition he seemed to share with @rascality
RT @rascality In a contest of wits from 1 to 10, I think Ameliorate an 8. #artwiculate
Now, let’s welcome back Magnificent Madge …
RT @Tralala56 Magnificent Madge was constantly trying to ameliorate her knife-throwing art. Alas, it didn’t make her very approachable as a person.
… before considering the effect today WOTD had on the bar:
RT @ariandalen Ameliorate walked into the bar, and even the house liquor tasted top shelf. #artwiculate
Once again I avoided chosing @TiddK’s poignant tweet (though I did vote for it – enjoying hugs as much as the next doppelganger) and instead plumped for:
RT @TiddK An unripe fruit Amelia ate / A shiny purple plum / But nothing could ameliorate / The pain in Milly’s tum . #artwiculate
Nothing Tidd? not even …
RT @FlaviaHeloisa Ameliorate tonic heals cough, malaise, stuck nail, cancer, misanthropy, dysentery, depression, baldness, cardiopathy, and lack of love.
I hope, at least, Tidd’s Amelia found herself cared for by @bookdreamer’s nurses.
RT @bookdreamer Collective health nouns: a death of doctors; an expense of hospitals; an ameliorate of nurses. #artwiculate
I liked @pn8r’s geek poem (and now I know what a Fresnel lense is too – thanks, Paul 🙂 )
RT @pn8r You’re the dew shield to my telescope, the Fresnel lens to my lighthouse; you ameliorate me like no other. #geeklove
And since we’re in the realm of science (kind of):
RT @twilobite22 How does one ameliorate an amoeba? Cell to cell resuscitation. (But I’d check with @lawyergirl3 on possible liability first)
@mazpowles shared a sad story:
RT @mazpowles They named their daughter Ameliorate. But they still split up when she was 3 months old.
I wonder if poor little Ameliorate ended up at @TOCSY1’s Ameliorate College:
RT @TOCSY1 Ameliorate College, despite the fancy trappings, was really a reform school.
Let’s end on a big, planet crushing note, shall we?
RT @19ish Look! A giant ameliorate is falling from the sky! It will obliterate Earth! And just HOW does that make things better? #artwiculate
Love it @19ish!
OK, that’s me done. It just remains to greet @FlaviaHeloisa and @ChayaChaya who are I think are new to the round-up, and @TOCSY1 who is new to Artwiculate (no profile page yet).
Cheerio from me. Now I shall pass through the mirror and turn back into … @TheSupercargo!
Artwiculate is a game played on Twitter. Visit http://artwiculate.com for more information. The winning tweet and the most popular runners up for today’s word are listed at http://www.artwiculate.com/words/Ameliorate (And, for addicts, donâ€™t forget Salon ArtWois at http://www.salonartwois.com/ )