Normally I don’t respond to my own writing prompts, but as I was awake at 3AM mulling this one over, I thought I’d jot down my thoughts.
Invent a definition for the word “flangiprop,” then use the word in a post.
I think “flangiprop” means one of two things. I haven’t yet settled on my final choice:
1. A literary device wherein a new character is introduced into a story, only to be killed in an incredibly gruesome way so that the protagonist can have a searing breakthrough. The character is then forgotten entirely. Kind of like a deus ex machina meets Saw IV.
2. A failed 19th century invention; the flangiprop was a small, wind-up device that looked a bit like a bird. It was meant to be inserted into one’s featherbed prior to bedtime, where it would chitter around and fluff the feathers. Unfortunately, after the third usage, it would usually destroy the featherbed completely, and several small children were severely injured when their parents inadvertently left active flangiprops in their mattresses overnight.
I’m leaning toward #2. I like to think it would have been marketed as “Professor Flangiprop’s Perpetual Feather Fluffer and Marital Aid,” and the advertisement would have touted all kinds of health benefits resulting from slumber on an adequately fluffed mattress, like proper uterine alignment or increased spinal vitality.