Friday, May 9, 2014


One of my favorite words is DEFENESTRATION.  Why?  It sounds cool, and it has a fun meaning.  Well, in some circumstances it does.

Defenestration means:
1: a throwing of a person or thing out a window
2: a usually swift dismissal or expulsion (as from a political party or office)

"Defenestration." Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 9 May 2014. <>.

If you're throwing  a person out of a window, it isn't typically a fun word then. Still, in general it's a good word.

Here's a drabble inspired by that word, as well as an incident involving the director Kevin Smith and water balloons.

Image courtesy of Steve Wilhelm/

Josh looked at the cop with a calm expression.  “Why do you think I threw that water balloon out the window?”

“Several eyewitnesses say it was you,” the officer replied.

Crap!  Now what do I do?  “It was an act of political protest,” Josh declared.

The cop raised an eyebrow.

“I performed this act of defenestration to protest the companies that charge us money for something that falls from the sky every day,” Josh said passionately.  “I didn’t drop a water balloon.  I exercised my right of free speech.”

The cop handed him a slip of paper.  “Here’s your ticket.”


  1. What a great word! I had no idea that's what it meant. And hey, I saw a perfect example in the movie The Other Woman last night. Hysterical movie, btw, especially because of defenestration!
    Marlene at On Writing and Riding

  2. I'm laughing at the word,the drabble and the GSMarlene's comment! :)

  3. I love that word, I need to start throwing things out of windows so I can use it more often...
    Great drabble!

  4. At least he thinks fast on his feet. Thanks, you made me smile. :)

  5. I'm fascinated by the fact that there's a word to describe this act. Fun flash fiction, LG!

  6. ROFL! Loved the way you used defenestration to inspire your flash fiction!

  7. this is a great word! I am going to have to toss something out the window just to use it. I didn't know it wasn't legal to throw water balloons out the window. Fun Flash Fiction.

  8. I've loved this word ever since I saw it in David Eddings' Tamuli Series. Of course, it helped that they joked about it and gave its meaning.