Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Prompt – “Your Favorite Word.”

Stream of Consciousness


It is Saturday Stream of Consciousness time again. This weeks prompt is an unusual one. Linda Hill says we should choose our favorite word and then write a post about it. I think the challenge here is selecting a word that is a favorite and appropriate to share on a family blog. That eliminates my first selection immediately. By the way, if you would like to partake in this happiness go to Linda’s blog and read all about it. Here is the link.

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS June 2/18

Peaceful by John W. Howell © 2108

“This is your favorite word?”

“Yeah, so what’s wrong with it?”

“Of all the damn words in this world you have to wander into mine.”

“What does that suppose to mean?”

“Peaceful. You could have picked any other word. But no, you pick peaceful.”

“I’m still not getting it. What’s the problem?”

“That is my word.”

“Okay, you need to explain that one. How can peaceful be your word?”

“When I was born, my parents said I was a peaceful child. When my teachers talked about me, they used the word peaceful to describe my behavior. My spouse counts on me to be peaceful in times of stress.”

“Anything else?”

“My dog appreciates the fact that I’m peaceful.”

“Okay I get all that but why can’t we share the word?”

“Share? You want to share? You who wouldn’t even let me borrow a hammer. You now want to share?”

“For heaven’s sake. I’ll just pick another word.”

“Oh no, you don’t. You can just pick another word and deny me the right of granting you a license to use ‘peaceful.'”

“A license? You don’t sound like someone described as peaceful.”

“You want to use the word or not?”

“I think I’m almost out of time here. It may be a moot point.”

“You can’t use ‘moot’ either.”

“Huh? Where is that coming from?”

“I have the  copyright on the word ‘moot’ as well as ‘peaceful.”‘

“You are kidding me.”

“A ton of others too.”

“Who issued these copyrights?”

“The copyright office. I sent a manuscript to them with 100,000 words and they issued me a copyright.”

“You didn’t get the words in the manuscript copyrighted. You got the manuscript that has the words in it copyrighted.”

“Looks like splitting hairs to me. I can let you use ‘moot’ for a nominal fee.”

“I think you have slipped a gear or two.”

“‘Slipped’ and ‘gear’ are both copyrighted.”

“This is ridiculous.”


“Okay, how much to use peaceful?”

“You have to use it with another word so there will be no confusion with mine.”

“What other word?”



“Yes either before or after but in no case are the words ‘tomato’ and ‘peaceful’ to be used separately.”

“This is silly. Peaceful tomato or tomato peaceful? Who is going to understand that combination.”

“Not my problem.”



“Bite me.”

“You owe me for those two as well.”


  1. harmonykent · ·

    I love it, John! Made me smile. Just as well you didn’t use ‘cocky’, eh!??! Have a fab weekend 😊

    1. Yes. Cocky might have taken me in a darker direction. Thank you, Harmony.

  2. Gwen Plano · ·

    Too funny. This dialogue certainly puts peaceful in a different light – through the arguing characters. Great job, John. Have a peaceful day. 😀

    1. Thank you, Gwen. You as well.

  3. Nicely done. Think I know that author. 😜

  4. Do you think he copyrighted the word ‘money’? With my word I could buy and sell his copyrights and have some peaceful cocktails on the side.

    1. Sounds like a plan. I think he forgot about “money” if you can believe it. 😀

  5. I’m reluctant to leave a comment, the bill could be quite high. This was great fun, John. I won’t be treading on your primary copyright. I was neither a peaceful child nor student. But, I’m sure I was described by some of your words. What’s the status of ‘knucklehead’ ?

    1. Knucklehead is not registered. Grab it.

      1. I guess my dad got there before you 😉

  6. England’s king for part of the tenth century (959-975AD) was Edgar the Peaceful. I think his claim to copyright tru- no,I can’t use that word – beats your friend’s.

    1. You are so right, Keith. A crack in the wall.
      :-D. I wouldbn’t use the T word either

  7. Shelley · ·

    Thank you for the chuckle! – Hope all the laughter you’re getting from this post doesn’t disrupt your peaceful morning. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Shelley. Always love the laughter. 😀

  8. Great one, John! In this crazy world, we’ve got to hang on to our peace. Have a fantastic Saturday!

    1. Happy saturday, Jill *sung to the tune of Everyday by Buddy Holly

  9. The peaceful tomato sounds like a great name for a pizza shop. Imma go with it. . .

    1. I would go for it.

  10. Eating a tomato and honey biscuit is quite peaceful, John. Just saying…

  11. Very Clever! As always! ♥

    1. Thank you, Bill Ray. 😀

  12. John, I knew this was going to be good when I read “a word that is a favorite and appropriate to share on a family blog.” I probably have the same favorite word. But I frame with “La ti” at the beginning and “dah” on the other side. La ti __ dah. 😉
    Someone once told me that I looked like Alice in Wonderland until I opened my mouth.
    Don’t worry — I’ve cleaned up my act (mouth) when I left my 30s behind, and mostly keep creative use of that word to myself.
    Happy weekend hugs!

    1. I wish I was as good as you, Teagan. Still need to control myself more. I like the la ti dah version.:-)

  13. John, I wonder how this conversation would have went if the word was belligerent. Very funny!

    1. That is a thought worth contemplating.

  14. OMG!! That is absolutely hilarious! I’m laughing right out loud!

    1. Thank you, Jan. Good to hear you laugh.

  15. Hilarious, but so true 🙂

    1. Thank you, Jess.

  16. Just a little tongue-in-cheek hey, John? 🙂
    Loved it!

    1. Thank you, Jacquei. Just a little. 😀

  17. Very timely post.

    1. Thank you, Craig

  18. I think you should have stuck with your first inclination, which I can likely guess, for it would have been my choice also. I doubt he had that one copyrighted. 😉

    1. Ha haha. I think you are so right. Thanks, Jill

  19. So funny, John. 😀

    1. Thank you, Jennie.

      1. You’re welcome, John.

  20. “Bite me!” Yep, a very peaceful person! Hahahahahaha!

    I enjoyed the banter and the ending in this one John.

    1. Thanks, Deborah

  21. Thanks for the smiles, John! A clever write on peaceful!

    1. Thank you, Lauren

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