3.19.2012

The Pope's Perfume - writercize #167

The red-soled 84-year-young Pope Benedict XVI is reported to have commissioned his very own scent, inspired by nature and meant to bring about a peaceful, meditative state. The cologne will not be available for sale at Catholic churches worldwide, and the precise formula will be kept as secret as the inner shelves of the Vatican Library, but it's stirring up quite the flurry of interest as the Prada-wearing Pope allows himself the sweet-smelling indulgence. 

Today's writercize is all about playing with words and having a little fun with this papal news.

writercize: Pick a name for the Pope's perfume.

Have fun with it and let me know what you come up with!

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writercize sample response:

Red Soul

P.B. XVI

The Papal Staple

20 comments:

  1. The Pope's Nose (Look it up. Canadians and some others may know it better as the "Parson's nose," but neither expression is very common in the U.S.)

    Papal Blessing

    Holy Eau (The ultimate "holy water" - just sprinkle three times.)

    Eau du Holy See

    Comfort Ye My Papal

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    1. Of course, if this were put into the hands of Calvin Klein, with his penchant for single-word fragrance names, it would probably be:

      Infallible

      or

      Venerable

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    2. I had never heard of the Pope's Nose/Parson's Nose - so I looked it up - eww!

      I like your CK take. I'll go with Reverence for my CK name.

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  2. The only thing that comes to mind is Pompously Potent :)

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  3. The recently-introduced version of the Roman Missal, which Catholic churches everywhere are using now, introduced some interesting ideas:

    Consubstantial (as in "consubstantial with the Father" in the Nicene Creed)
    The Dew Fall (which represents the way that God's blessing comes on the gifts being offered for consecration)
    Mea Maxima Culpa (as in "Through my most grievous fault", removed from the Confiteor with the 1970's Missal and inexplicably reinserted into it in the latest)

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    1. Very interesting. Thanks for an insider's take! I noticed the updated version a couple of months ago - was raised Catholic, and figured the creeds were ingrained permanently in my brain, so it was really jarring to hear different phrases attending a mass.

      I think a Latin name for the perfume would be a very interesting take!

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  4. Penance.

    Purgatory.

    Guilty pleasure.

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    1. I'm trying to imagine what Purgatory would smell like! I am imagining something with roses spiked with chipotle! A little sweet, a little spicy, neither here nor there. ;)

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  5. "Indulgence" would be a great name, but it would be the wrong pope. LOL!

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    1. LOL. He does enjoy a little indulgence with his clothing, so it could sort of fit. It's a healthier indulgence than some of those past popes for sure! :)

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  6. Thank you for sharing your wonderful blog! It has been really helpful and I love it! I have something for you on my blog.
    http://nothoughts2small.blogspot.com/2012/03/get-to-know-you-game-fact-three-is.html

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  7. Your blog is going on my daily read. I'm always looking for exercises to train my writing muscles, and all of the ones I've read from you have made me very motivated to try. Pre-challenge time is not the time to take on something new, though.
    Thanks for the compliment on my A-Z etiquette post. I apologize for the delay in getting back to you...but you know how life is.
    Tina @ Life is Good
    Co-Host of the April A to Z Challenge
    Twitter: @AprilA2Z #atozchallenge

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    1. Hooray, hooray! Honored to be on your daily read and can not wait for you to participate more after A to Z!

      Yep, I know how life is. Good. And BUSY! ;)

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  8. I am a writer to a prompt writer. I played the piano as a kid (ten years) writing to prompts reminds me of playing the scales. Both are wonderful ways to limber up the mind and the fingers. You (the writer) never knows where they will end up with a prompt. I started my first book with a free write that kept going and going. I realized at page fifty, it was a story.

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    1. It is sort of like the scales, you are right! I have to be honest though, I enjoy prompts more than scales. Well, at least the good ones.

      A fifty page free write - holy cow!!

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  9. Hi Alana,
    Papal Mist and Infallible are all I've got. Also thought your last word - indulgence would be a nice play on words.

    Come over from the A-Z list. Nice to 'meet' you.

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    1. Hey J.L. - nice to 'meet' you as well! Welcome. I'll pop on over and say hello too. I love A to Z! Will this be your inaugural year, or are you a veteran?

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  10. nice post. Since words are your thing, you might be interested in a series of posts I have been doing on the word play involved in cryptic crosswords. The first one is: http://caroleschatter.blogspot.co.nz/2012/01/cryptic-crosswords-solving-hints-1.html
    It has now evolved into a daily series. I find it great fun - much better than ordinary crosswords.

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