—The Uprising, Honoré Daumier, 1848, oil on canvas, 34 1/2 in. x 44 1/2 in.
The Philips Collection, Washington, D.C.
I wonder if an uprising that Daumier witnessed turned into an affray?
I was baffled as to what to write about this first day of the A to Z Challenge. Firstly, I thought of writing about Aesop and his fables. Or perhaps I would write about my love/hate relationship with Apple. Maybe I would write about apples, as in the fruits. After all, there are so many varieties. But when I finally decided what this post was going to be about, I decided on the word affray. I like keeping note of words I see, am reminded of, hear, but especially those words that just stand out to me. A few of the words I have recently noted are: scofflaws, ruminate, severe (as in “the severe-looking guy”), and affray. Since affray begins with “a,” affray it is. Just what is an affray? Is it only a noun, a verb, or both? When I researched “affray,” I found that the legal definitions appeared first. One definition reads: a criminal offense generally defined as the fighting of two or more persons in a public place that disturbs others. The more common definition is “a brawl.” What I found most interesting is that I personally think of the verb form of the word first. Maybe that is because I watch so many British TV shows and the Brits seem to use the word more often than us Yanks. I think of the word in the context of “that affrays my delicate senses.” Maybe that context is a southern thing. Affray has some really good synonyms, too. Some of these are row, altercation, fracas, and melee.
This blog challenge will be lots of fun. I already like it and don’t think I will drop out like I do most challenges. I encourage you to check out the host site and some of the blogs everyday in the next month. Many of the participating blogs will have a theme and use the letters A to Z to expound on that theme. I will be writing about random topics with the daily letter as inspiration. As usual, I will be writing posts on the fly, probably the night before. I can’t wait to read some of the blogs and see how creative they are. I will be mixing in art, books, movies, and music, of course.
–definitions from dictionary.com