(Tweeting as @TSupercargo)
Subterfuge: Stratagem or deception employed to conceal something, a blind; deception; misrepresentation of the true nature of an activity.
Ladies and Gentlemen! Your attention, please! With no further ado, no subterfuge, and no safety net, *drum roll starts* @TheSupercargo’s alter ego will now attempt our first RT round-up of 2011. Complete Silence Please! *drum roll crescendo culminating in tympanic explosion*
Was that sufficiently dramatic? Ah, let’s get on with it!
Today’s word (and indeed Artwiculate’s choice of words for the first 3 days of the year) attracted several comments. For example, @faelora
RT @faelora Is this what you want 2011 to be like, #Artwiculate? Vituperative subterfuge and an abundance of new unibrows from all that stress?
The meta game – the debate about how to win (and whether there’s a trick to) it also continues. Here’s @ruidh, then @osmarjardim
RT @ruidh If I can’t win by cleverness, it will have to be by subterfuge. #artwiculate
RT @osmarjardim Let me repeat: The RT I give to your entry is a subterfuge I use to have you RT mine.
The similarity of the WOTD to a piece of laboratory (and, I might add, laundry-room) equipment also attracted tweeters. EG @Colvinius
RT @Colvinius If that spinning machine that separates fluids from solids gets any lower, I shall call it a subterfuge. @artwiculate #artwiculate
@markreeves had the same idea, but looked at it a different way
RT @markreeves Subterfuge: n. The storage space below a centrifuge
And @JonPowles took it a step further still
RT @JonPowles A subterfuge is a device used by a spin doctor.
Those last couple of RTs were also definitions. This word seemed to inspire an unusual number of lexographical improvements. Here’s @SJHatzi
RT @SJHatzi Elegant Subterfuge: The Queen’s Gambit
RT @CathieTranent Treason planned by a certain branch of the Queen’s Navy … subterfuge? @Artwiculate #Artwiculate
RT @mazpowles I thought a subterfuge was when the violas sabotage your premiere by coming in a bar late, in the wrong key.
The spelling similarity between (subter)FUGE and FUGUE caught other eyes as well (including mine) but @JonPowles’s piece of what I guess was PDQ Bach was the best musical contribution. However, I’ve excluded it from the round-up partly because I wanted to RT another of Jon’s, but mostly because this is a lexical not a musical game, dammit!
[I guessed wrong. The Bach fugue pastiche that @JonPowles posted was, he tells me, his own work – though inspired by PDQ Bach. I suggested “What shall we do with the drunken Johan” as a title. :-)]
Moving from definition to illustration, here’s @shivanishah
RT @shivanishah Subterfuge used to placate impatient patients ~ placebo!
@helacious made a point I remember puzzling over myself “On first looking into Homer’s Iliad”
RT @helacious The Trojan horse, unwieldy, huge/Seems a terribly unlikely subterfuge.
(And even more unlikely in Monty Python’s interpretation on the quest for the Holy Grail)
The history teacher in me was also drawn to this next thematic tweet from @I2Haiku
RT @I2Haiku Our Little Miss Subterfuge Doll comes dressed as Mata Hari. #Artwiculate
While @LorcanDesperado managed to press three other of my buttons: fantasy, @loqwatious and science fiction
RT @LorcanDesperado Nobody else knew the cotillion was a subterfuge for alien abduction. Now they are all awa’ wi’ the faeries. #lqw
There were some enjoyable puns today too. From @Qyntara
RT @Qyntara My dog resorted to subterfuge when she pretended to be a subwoofer.
And this piece of hagiography from @TiddK
RT @TiddK St.Ratagem, patron saint of subterfuge (“Let us prey…”) . #artwiculate
@harrarp took us back to thinking about the new year
RT @harrarp “Cut the subterfuge”, the new year said, “I’m three days old. How am I doing?” “So far, so good”, I mumbled.
And @lagadu123 shared another of her observations of teenagers
RT @lagadu123 Ever noticed how teenagers employ subterfuge by masquerading as babies for a while?
Have to say from my own observations it’s not just teenagers that employ this subterfuge. Grown men and women do it to. Tho’ more often men.
Rather to my surprise that leaves me with three poems to conclude with. Let’s take the funny one first – from @Ysabeluna
Now @19ish with a fine descriptive haiku
RT @19ish Quiet gray whispers / secrets & subterfuge reign / hiding in the fog // #haiku #artwiculate
And finally back to children with this from @ariandalen
RT @ariandalen Face changes swiftly ~ No subterfuge in child’s eyes ~ Two year old wants, NOW! #artwiculate #senryu
Thank you! Thank you! That was the first RT round-up of 2011. Hope you enjoyed it.
Special greetings to new-comers to the round-up @Colvinius and @Qyntara who seem to have been playing since early in December. And greetings also to @CathieTranent who doesn’t yet have herself an Artwiculate profile page.
[She does now.]
That’s it, good people. Handing you back to @TheSupercargo now.
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/subterfuge (And, for addicts, don’t forget Salon ArtWois at http://www.salonartwois.com/ )