First off, I’ve got to say that the word ‘defenestration’ is totally foreign to me. I had no idea what it means and so I had to look up its meaning from wikipedia and this is what I discovered the following;

Defenestration is the act of throwing someone or something out of a window.[1] The term “defenestration” was coined around the time of an incident in Prague Castle in the year 1618. The act carries the connotation of forcibly or peremptorily removing an adversary, and is sometimes used in just that sense; it also suggests breaking the windows in the process (also means removal). Although defenestrations can be fatal due to the height of the window through which a person is thrown or throws oneself, or due to lacerations from broken glass, the act of defenestration need not carry the intent or result of death.

So that’s what it means and while it’s a fascinating thing, I could not think of a way to work it properly into a writing prompt and thus, the following conversation was used to work it into the writing for today…

The man flipped through the dictionary…it was a lame game that they were playing but considering how smashed the trio were, none of them really had enough where-with-all to care. “Spell, defenestration,” he mumbled causing the other two to giggle.

“Whad you say Gary?” asked one of the giggling females as she tried to take another sip of her drink.

“I said spell defenestration Lucy,” Gary replied in a rather haughty tone. He didn’t like being ignored, and he hatted being laughed at even more.

“I don’t know what that is,” Lucy whispered rather loudly to her other giggling companion Jenny. “Do you?”

“I’m not the one with the PSD,” Jen replied. “So–“

“You mean PHD,” Gary interjected, garnering the two girls attention again. “And Lucy doesn’t have a PHD, she just has a undergrad degree.”

“Mock me all you want Mister high and mighty,” Lucy stated with a false sense of bravado. “But I’m quite happy with my little degree.”

“Good,” Gary muttered before looking down at the dictionary once more, the tiny print swirling before his eyes. “Now spell defenestration.”

“Can I have it in a sentence?” asked Lucy, wondering what the hell the word meant.

Gary’s eyes squinted as he attempted to read and process the tiny print of the dictionary. “It says something about being forced out a window…”

“So like, Edward defenestrated Mark?” asked Jen.

“Oh!” Lucy exclaimed with another bought of giggles. “That sounds so dirty!”

Gary threw the dictionary at Lucy. “You have a dirty mind.”

“Yeah well you’re the one who picked the dirty word,” Lucy countered as she threw the dictionary back at Gary, causing him to spill his drink as the heavy paper back book slammed into his hand. “Pick another world.”

“I don’t think that that is a good idea,” Gary muttered as he put the dictionary to one side. “You’re too gone to spell anything.”

“S’not true,” Lucy insisted as she put her drink down, narrowly missing the edge of the table and spilling it all over her bare feet. “I can spell it! D-E-F-E-N-C…”

“WRONG!” Gary exclaimed as he tossed the dictionary back at her. “You’ve got to study more.”

Jen laughed. “Who needs to study? It’s summer.”

“Yeah,” Lucy agreed. “All I need to study is another glass of vodka.”

Gary sighed and passed the bottle over to his friend. It was going to be a long night and if she could get through it without defenestrating out the first floor window to puke then all would be well.


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