Friday, December 07, 2012



frol·ic  (frlk)
1. Gaiety; merriment: fun and frolic.
2. A gay, carefree time.
3. A playful antic.
intr.v. frol·ickedfrol·ick·ingfrol·ics
1. To behave playfully and uninhibitedly; romp.
2. To engage in merrymaking, joking, or teasing.
adj. Archaic

SOD:  joyous, A prank, to gambol, caper about.

The similar German word fröhlich means joyful, happy, merry.

In Bonnie Despain's story, Rocky Frolicking, she says: "Frolicking seems to be a physical demonstration of an inner upwelling of joy!" and I couldn't agree more.

Audrey B says:  Frolic = Bliss, and again, perfect!!!

Sally tells a fun story about a frolic-ful time that made her ready to beaver on at work.

Two of my children's novel manuscripts mention frolicking:

Sissy and Garryd lay on their bellies on the top of the mossy rock and watched as the otters reappeared, trailed by their babies and ran, in that peculiar sinuous gait of theirs, with their backs humped up, to the top of the bank.  They slid down the mud slide, one after another in quick succession and then rolled and frolicked in the water with such abandon Sissy had to press her hand over her mouth to keep from laughing out loud.  They seemed filled with such joy and exuberance.  She wished she could play with them.  from Frog Haven

Sarin sat on the cliff where they coyote had disappeared the night before.  While the mares grazed peacefully along spring creek, taking a mouthful, taking a step and then another mouthful, the foals gamboled and frolicked.  They kicked up their heels and almost seemed to dance with glee.  Sarin forgot all about her pout.  She wanted to run and skip and spin and whirl and laugh.  She crawled backwards off the rock, out of sight of the horses, looked around to see if anyone was watching, then leaped into the air, laughing with delight.  from Raven Girl to the Rescue

I often think of frolicking as being a little silly, and dancing seems to come into my mind.

"Frolic 2"

My name is Mary, but one of my nicknames is Merry--a synonym for frolic.

Let me know your take on frolic and I will post the link here.


Sally said...

What a great word for this week! Nothing frolics quite like an otter, I think.

I'm sorry I haven't taken part but work caught up with me a bit this week! I am going to try and post today or tomorrow and I will come back with a link. Shame to miss this word!

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Thanks, Sally, I'll be looking forward to your post. :-D

John said...

Great word, Merry, and I like that too!

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Thanks, John!!! My brother Rob in Colorado calls me Merry, and a few other people. It's an old nickname that few current people use.

Are you back? Would you like to host this week?

John said...

I'll host Merry!

Sally said...

I finally did it! Sorry it's so late!

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Thanks, John! Fun post, Sally, I added you in.

Marie said...

I had been looking for your blogs for ages!!!!!!!!!!!!
I like this one too. Happy New year to all your family and you, of course :-))

Merry Mary's friend Marie

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Hi Marie!!! I haven't been looking either, much lately!!!