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STASIVALENT ~ Pen’n’Tonic’s Creative Expressions challenge.

Pen’n’Tonic’s Creative Expressions challenge.


This week I challenge you (and I think it will be a real challenge!) to play the game of Balderdash with me. Have you ever played? The game provides cards, each with five categories. One category is Words. You have to make up a definition for the word. I’ve given you five words from the actual game from which to choose.




by John Yeo

I have chosen stasivalent. This obviously means a state of exact balance. In medieval times it was normal practice to use parts of two words to emphasise one outcome.
Stasis and Equivalent then becomes Stasivalent, which is an exact balance between two elements.
In the play “Merchant of Venice”
Written by William Shakespeare,
Shylock demands his pound of flesh.
He asked for flesh to be placed on one side of the scales
and gold to be placed on the other side.
When both sides were equal they became
a stasivalent.
It had to be a stasivalent, without a drop of blood.
The impossible stasivalent!

Written by John Yeo © All rights reserved

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