(Tweeting as @TSupercargo)
Draconian : Of or resembling a dragon (obsolete except in fiction and Artwicutweets); Very severe, oppressive or strict.
Greetings, Artwiculati! Rather out of my and @TheSupercargo’s comfort zone this evening, working on a borrowed computer.
Nevertheless, the draconian pressure of my desire to tweet yet another RT round-up cannot be denied.
Today’s word gave us a fine collection of tweets to rummage among. Not surprisingly, Dragons were much in evidence.
My heart particularly went out to @TiddK’s dragon called Ian
RT @TiddK Ian the dragon was very sad. Whoever was going to be scared of a dragon called Ian? #DraconIan #artwiculate
And in @dsceiorg’s dungeon, we found Puff
RT @dsceiorg Perdiccas, we will need to switch to more draconian measures. â€œYes, sir, Iâ€™ll get Puff. He is still in Honalee?â€ #artwiculate
@beezknez shared a sad tale about Drac
RT @beezknez Drac short for Dragon?had fallen off the wagon?Under Draconian law punishment was Community Service?Kitchen Hand for Vlad the Impaler
@Elixir_Z gave us a conversation between George and the Dragon
RT @Elixir_Z Come on, Dragon, let’s get a drink and talk about it, said St George. “I know a pub you’ll like – the measures are strictly draconian.”
@LBY3 envisioned draconarchy
RT @LBY3 @artwiculate Draconian: Why you’re pretty much doubly screwed if your country is run by dragons.
And is France perhaps a country run by dragons, @emmaexpress?
RT @emmaexpress The more draconian the rule, the more fun it is to break it. #canyoutellIliveinFrance? #artwiculate
RT @twilobite22 The draconian ruler was nothing but a darn icon. #anagram#3
@twilobite22 gave us three nice anagrams – that was my favourite.
@harrarp used the WOTD to reflect on current US political conditions
RT @harrarp For 50 points, fingers on the buzzer, who was the odd one out at the tea party: Draconian, Apollonian or Sarahpalian?
In respect of the dragons who rule @SJHatzi had this suggestion
RT @SJHatzi Anyone passing laws (draconian or not), or deciding to go to war should first be willing to test it on their first-born.
Nice idea, Silia, but I fear it will take a particulary draconian Old Testament God to make that happen
Finally in this sequence, @pegasuepy asked a pertinent question
RT @pegasuepy Draconian rules? Where is this place Draconia anyway?
Moving away from politics, @ariandalen drew our attention to the sleeping dragon beneath our feet
RT @ariandalen Buildings shake and sway ~ A draconian shudder ~ Dreaming in deep earth. #artwiculate #haiku
And (this is a bit of a lame segue, but chthonic means underworld so) @eilonwya10 shared the following
RT @eilonwya10 The chthonic appalls the Apollonian: too much bacchanalia makes them go all draconian. #artwiculate
Children and the WOTD seemed to go together as well, in school and out. Let’s kick off with @marcosarroyos
RT @marcosarroyos Conficius say: Children with draconian parents enjoy making trouble
And – a warning to just those parents from @alex_auron
RT @alex_auron Raise children in a draconian way; but don’t be surprised to see them grow scales and expel fire from their mouths at each other.
But children can be small dragons even without drac0nian parents as @mazpowles can testify
RT @mazpowles Kids are really draconian. I asked a class to design the ‘perfect classroom’ half of them had a dungeon with torture chamber. #truestory
On the other hand as several Artwiculati noted, teachers may also be draconic. Here’s @JonPowles on the subject
RT @JonPowles There was an English schoolmaster/whose rules were quite draconian/His nickname for his favourite cane/was “Roger, Old Etonian”
Literary children dipped their toes in the Artwiculate stream too, here’s a Potter-related tweet from @Tralala56
RT @Tralala56 Draco Malfoy was draconian about mudbloods. That’s what made him so dislikeable! #wellchosencharacternames
Definitions next, from @silverne, @Ameeee, @TOCSY1 and @asim7asim
RT @silverne Draconian : Days of depression #artwiculate
I liked @silverne’s because of the alliteration as well as the image which certainly strikes a chord with me
RT @Ameeee Draconian measures: Women’s clothing sizes.
RT @TOCSY1 Draconian dinner menu: Gruel and unusual punishment…
RT @asim7asim Draconian : cruelty of snakes. #artwiculate
And I liked @asim7asim’s because it reminds me the word for dragon and snake in the old Germanic languages is the same (Orm).
@19ish slipped a reference to The Bard into a funny slogan
And @BurningHawk1969’s Barbie made me think of Susan, DEATH’s granddaughter in the Discworld
RT @BurningHawk1969 Draconian Barbie chases the monster back under the bed and kicks its ass. #artwiculate
Here’s another literary reference from @helacious – brought a Swed-ish smile to my face.
RT @helacious Draconian standards in marching band. One bad day on the drums and I was out. The Girl With the Draggin’ Tattoo, they called me.
@FrankSiddarta gave us a comic image of a dragon girl
RT @FrankSiddarta I knew a girl, draconian – her heart made from zirconium – and when she spoke – her words aflame – in clouds of pure ammonium
While @Ysabeluna gave us a much more serious little love poem
RT @Ysabeluna \ i touch you \ i felt glass \ so close, yet remote \ you’re on my screen\ draconian pain\ #artwiculate #Gpoem #gogyohka
Finally I’ll wind up this round-up with @OsmarJardim’s plaintive tweet.
RT @OsmarJardim Yesterday macabre. Today draconian. And love, happiness, peace … when?
And on that note, I thank you all for your attention!
Greetings to occasional Artwiculator @pegasuepy who appears in the round-up for the first time.
Greetings also to @Elixir_Z – a newcomer to the game I believe.
That’s me done for today. Handing you back to @TheSupercargo now. (Exits pursued by dragons).
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