Today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt is to write using a word beginning with “de” and, for bonus points (and who doesn’t love bonus points), that also ends in “ed.”
Disregarding for this post that because of all of the boner commercials on TV, when I see “ed” I immediately think “erectile dysfunction” (good job little blue pill advertisers and big pharma). And why is that couple in side-by-side bathtubs? Shouldn’t they be in the same tub? Anyway, I digress.
My word is: Defenestrated, which is one of my all-time favorite (non cuss) words.
I first saw this word during a European history class in college. Just after WWII as the Soviets were consolidating their hold over eastern European governments. I think it was in Czechoslovakia that a number of west-leaning politicians were defenestrated by Soviet thugs.
Setting aside how horrible that action was and how horrifying it must’ve been, I thought what a wonderful word to use instead of “they were thrown out of a window.”
I just did a quick bit of Googling and learned that the Defenestration of Prague in 1618, in which 2 catholic officials and their secretary were tossed through and out the windows of Prague Castle (without “too” much harm) was a key ignition point of the 30 Years War. Which, not to get into politics, should also give us pause and serve as a reminder of how serious and deeply held religious convictions can and have shaped the world. Another defenestration, also in Prague, in 1419 of 7 town officials, combined to give rise to the term and concept. Note to self: never run for political office in Prague or stand near a window if, by bizarre circumstance, that ever happens in my life.
Unfortunately, it’s not a word that comes up often in conversation. Given that no one litters any longer (I still see that crying Indian), I can’t turn to my wife while we’re driving and say, “defenestrate this cup, please.”
I have, mostly in jest, threatened my daughters with defenestration a few times over the years. Yes, mostly.
Other than that, it’s hard to work in. Though I do take every opportunity I can.
Defenestrate. Defenestration. Defenestrated. Just fun to say.
And that’s my 15 minutes.