24 August 2011

Word of the Week - Cadence

Hi Lovely! Wednesday is the time that I share the gift of a new word for you to zhush your vocabulary with and today we have a truly gorgeous word indeed:


[keyd-ns]  noun, verb, -denced, -denc·ing. –noun Also, cadency.
rhythmic flow of a sequence of sounds or words: the cadence of language.
(in free verse) a rhythmic pattern that is nonmetrically structured.
the beat, rate, or measure of any rhythmic movement: The chorus line danced in rapid cadence.
the flow or rhythm of events, especially the pattern in which something is experienced: the frenetic cadence of modern life.
a slight falling in pitch of the voice in speaking or reading, as at the end of a declarative sentence.

Juliet's Bedroom Window by Marianne LoMonaco

Of all the meanings that this word has, I'm most drawn to 'the rhythmic flow of words' and 'the flow or rhythm of events'.  I suppose you can tell that the notion of gentle rise and fall, ebb and flow is appealing to me.

For the purposes of today's exercise I would like to rename this photo "If only these walls call talk" and ask you to think about how this title and the image itself relates to today's word.

It will thrill me to bits if you could have a go at flexing your own word muscles and leave a sentence here using the word of the week, even better if your writing has cadence.

Happy day!


  1. I watched him come down that hallway every day. His cadence was slow and rhythmic. I somehow knew he was a man of purpose and principle. I did not know I would one day love him completely.

  2. Oh Jeanette this is fabulous!
    I'm wondering if it's a little snippet from the love story of you and A-H?

    xx F

  3. I sought each detail as I waited;
    Ageing walls and flaking paint
    Starkly lent itself to see
    Curved beauty and cadence of the rail.

  4. Athansius - Wow!
    This is truly glorious writing - thank you so much for taking the time to share it on my blog.
    Your line 'curved beauty and cadence of the rail' is sublime.

  5. I know 'cadence' all too well as a cycling term. The rhythmic pattern of the pedals, push-pull. :)

  6. Of course!
    I'd forgotten about this application of the word - it is a good way for people to remember it Jodi - thank you for sharing.

  7. Oh I love this word. I still remember when I learned it - from the movie Cadence with Charlie Sheen.

  8. Oh i give up, i've written 3 comments & blogger has eaten them, sorry honey, i wrote something beautiful & incredibly clever about the cadence of the footsteps of my children as they move from grass to footpath chasing our puppy, sigh, i think it's good night from me, love Posie

  9. Oh Felicity I am nooo good I love the number 3 you made & I shall be that and remember my days when I was dancing on the ocean waves in rapid cadence ( I pinched it from you ) hee xxx

  10. The cadence of life was observed from those windows, behind those walls of flaking paint and from the iron edged balcony, from long long ago and right up until today...seeing and hearing.


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