Word For The Day 4-5-2017


zug·zwang \ˈtsükˌtsfäŋ\
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plural   -s

position in which any decision or move will result in problems (as in Chess).


German, from zug pull, tug + zwang force, coercion, akin to Old High German ziohan to pull and dwingan to press, oppress, compel


Sunday Photo Fiction – December 25th 2016

The idea of Sunday Photo Fiction is to create a story / poem or something using around about 200 words with the photo as a guide. Please try to keep it as close to the 200 words as possible.


The items stood on the white table like discarded chess pieces, forlorn each in their own way. He knew enough to link these objects to similar chess pieces, the houses as Rooks, for example, but not much more. He’d just started learning to play, his new obsession. These days, everything was chess-related.

“See anything you like?” Sally asked as she came up beside him.

Uncertain, he started to point to the snowman then stopped, moving his finger to the tree. He loved trees almost as much as he now loved chess.

“How much?”

For a moment, he froze, then fumbled the price tag with clumsy fingers. “Tw-tw…” He licked his lips, forehead wrinkled in concentration.

“Tw – enty….. five.”


He leaned closer, eyes squinting. “Cents,” he said hesitatingly, then with more confidence. “Twenty-five cents.”

She handed him a quarter, watching as he bounded away to pay. He ran like a baby giraffe, galumphing awkwardly. Unlike the baby giraffe, however, he would never grow into his body.

Before handing over his quarter, he turned, hands waving like flags in a rippling southern wind.