Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Prompt – “etc”

Stream of Consciousness Saturday


It is Stream of Consciousness Saturday time again, and this week’s prompt needs to be explained by Linda Hill. In her words.

“Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “ect.” Find a word with the letters “ect” in it, and base your post on that word. (Not to be confused with “et cetera,” which is “etc.”) Enjoy!”etc”

If you would like to join in the fun, go to Linda’s blog and read how. It is easy to go off the edge. Here is the link.

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Feb. 29/2020

Ect by John W. Howell © 2020

“Well, this certainly is farfetched.”

“You seem upset. What has caused you to express this farfetchedness?”

“I’m looking at the latest Stream of Conscious prompt, and it is wretched.”

“Let me see. Oh my, that is the sketchiest.”

“I know, right? Anything I can think of right now is a stretch.”

“So, you have no idea? Mind if I kvetch?”

“For once, I think I could use something from your mental sketchpad.”

“I’ll take that as a yes. So here is my latest mind stretchability.”

“My brains are outstretched to welcome any idea.”

“That is a visual that’s not very fetching. Here we go with my idea. What don’t you build a dialog around words that have “etc” in them?”

“Like maybe a story about streetcars?”

“Whatever. The important part will be to include an “etc” word in each line. This will etch a commonality in the reader’s mind, and you will have met the prompt.”

“That sounds great. Then in the backstretch, I could do something really super.”

“This is not a horserace, but what are you thinking?  I wouldn’t overstretch the concept.”

“Pull out a word that few will know. Like baronetcies.”

“Are you tetched? Why would you do that?”

“To outdo the prompt in the homestretch.”

“Guess what, wretch?”

“What is it, kevetchier?”

“There is a pint with my name on it that will take me away from this wretchedness.”

“And a burger and fries with ketchup?”

“Let’s go fetch it.”

“I have been letching for it all morning.”

“Letch no more my man.”

“How do we stop this kvetching?”

“Grab your coat, etcetera, and walk out the door.”

“Etc no more.”


  1. Kvetch is a great word. Doesn’t get used nearly enough these days.

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    1. I like it as well. “Pardon my kvetching but…”


  2. You came up with a bunch more than I did, kvetch, homestretch, etc, etc.

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    1. Thank you, GP. Had to work at it. 😁

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  3. I agree with Charles, kvetch is such a cool word. Nice job, John! Happy Saturday!

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    1. Thank you, Jill. Happy Saturday to you * sung to the tune of The Morning After by Maureen McGovern

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    1. Thank you, Liz.

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      1. You’re welcome, John!


  4. Stretched to the breaking point. Nice take on the prompt, John.

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    1. Got down to the last strand. Thank you, Dan

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  5. Wait… ETC or ECT? Either way… you are the master at finding those words, aren’t you?

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    1. Thank you, Dale. 😀

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  6. Well done, John. Great etc words.


  7. Hehe, you rebel!

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  8. Kvetch is the best word ever. Lol. Nice post 😀


  9. I am exhausted , but impressed and grateful for the homestretch 😎👍🥴💜


  10. This is a an exhaustive run through etc words. Very impressive!!


  11. This was a really tough one, Boss. But I gotta say, you etcera’d the hell out of it.

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  12. Ha! That was fun, John. And I didn’t kvetch about my giant weeds the whole time. Sorry — I had to find a way to use that word! Hugs on the wing.

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    1. It is a good word,

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  13. Really well done, John. You were in top form today.

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    1. Thank you, Jennie.

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      1. You’re welcome, John.

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  14. John, I had no idea there were so many strange words with etc in them. That was a fun post to read. Good job! 📚🎶 Christine

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    1. Thank you, Christine.

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  15. But … but … I’m confused. Didn’t the prompt say to use words with “ect” in them? And yours were ones with “etc”, a bit of a twist, or a bit of a disconnect, though I mean no disrespect. Let me just go introspect for a bit …

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    1. Okay, okay. So I went off the rails in a moment of rebellion. Do not dispair I will toe the mark next week. I thought etc would be tougher.

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      1. 🤣🤣🤣

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  16. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    Good one, John:)

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    1. Thak you, Denise.

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  17. Fantastic, John! That was a tough one and you did a GREAT job!

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    1. Thank you, Jan. 😁


  18. Never too old to learn new words. News to me!

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    1. Nwe words every day. Thanks, Audrey. 😊


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