July Word of the Month

Happy Fireworks and Love My Country Day! Hope everyone stays safe and wise and no fireworks end up on anyone’s head. It’s getting hotter all the time in southern California so I’m going to stay inside with the fan on. Yeah, AC is way too expensive out here where we really need it. I have a small jar where I put spare change. That money is pledged to my air conditioning fund. Which brings up the word for July.

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Pledge [ plej ]

noun

1. a solemn promise or agreement to do or refrain from doing something: a pledge of aid; a pledge not to wage war.

2. something delivered as security for the payment of a debt or fulfillment of a promise, and subject to forfeiture on failure to pay or fulfill the promise.

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verb (used with object), pledged, pledg·ing.

1. to bind by or as if by a pledge: to pledge hearers to secrecy.

2. to promise solemnly: to pledge one’s support.

verb (used without object), pledged, pledg·ing.

1. to make or give a pledge: to pledge for someone.

2. to drink a pledge; toast someone’s health, success, etc.

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Origin of pledge

1275–1325; Middle English plege < Anglo-French < early Medieval Latin plevium, plebium, derivative of plebīre to pledge < Germanic; compare Old English plēon to risk, German pflegen to look after.

There’s a connection to plighting one’s trough which is to become betrothed. Historical romance writers use various forms of the word as it was popular in times past. This Gutenberg Project book, Love Me Little, Love Me Long by Charles Reade, came up on the Dictionary.Com list of examples for use. Interesting that no Romance novels showed up.

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A pledge also was something people vowed over drinks, which is where we get the phrase, “I’ll drink to that”. Ben Jonson famously asked his beloved to “Drink to me only with thine eyes and I will pledge with mine.” Drinking to seal a deal was a big thing back in the day. Back in the century. Back in the ages.

You are probably waiting for me to get to the Pledge that makes America great, and so I will. Here are the original words by the author in hopes it would be used by citizens of any country.

“I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

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Those words were written in August 1892 by the socialist minister Francis Bellamy. A minister wrote that and didn’t feel the need to include a Supreme Being. Then, of course, the government had to get involved and add the United States of America in 1923 and Under God in 1954. I like the original version better.

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Off I go to pledge myself to 10,000 words for the month. I can do this. I am so loving the progress on my story and the incredible people who helped me get going. Thanks for reading, I’ll be back on Sunday.

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