Five Minute Friday: Commutual

Large blue book - Webster's New Universal Unabridged Dictionary - with small post-it-note pad and a pen.

(So, I’ve been participating in a “writers’ flash mob” of sorts called Five Minute Friday. In response to a one-word prompt, hundreds of writers sit down and write for five minutes flat. No extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font or punctuation; unscripted and unedited. Here’s today’s edition…setting the timer….)

Five Minute Friday: Commutual


This week’s one word prompt is not really “commutual.”

There actually IS no specific prompt other than “choose your own.”

What to do?

Here’s what I did.

I grabbed our super-giant dictionary, opened it at random and pointed to a word.

The word was “fumariaceous.”


So let’s try this again. (There are no real rules to this, remember.)

This time, the word turned out to be “commutual” – an archaic adjective that means “mutual” or “reciprocal.”

As we speed along to the close of another year, it is a pretty darn good word (albeit it an archaic and underused one.)

‘Cause you know what?


Bottom line – we are in this together.

We can talk about individual rights and preferences and goals.

But underneath it all, we need each other and every single thing we do affects others.


Random word?

You bet.

But also fitting for the final “Five Minute Friday” of 2015.

Here’s hoping it is a word that gets some use in 2016.


p.s. – because I know you are wondering…“fumariaceous” means “belonging to the plant family Fumariaceae.” Apparently this plant family is related to poppies and to bleeding hearts.


One thought on “Five Minute Friday: Commutual

  1. Visiting from FMF. I liked your post- very true that we’re in it together and we need to be aware of how what we do affects others. That’s a fun idea to pick a word at random from the dictionary- and I’ve learned two new words as well!

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