HELMSTROKING

I have just coined a new verb:

helmstroke

I already know what I think it means, but I’d like to give you an opportunity to define it. Leave your suggestions in the comments section. Go forth! Helmstroke!

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8 thoughts on “HELMSTROKING”

  1. as a kid i used to wonder why adults made constant little adjustments to the car steering wheel. surely unless you’re turning you’re going straight ahead?

    but anyway, in a broader sense, i reckon it means a small fondle of whatever is in control. just to reassure yourself that there is something there after all, leading you in some apparent direction. head, heart, genitalia… whatever.

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  2. Paul and typingspace, I like the the idea of ‘subtle adjustments or improvements’, which probably have a more profound impact on one’s course than one realises. In that sense, I think I’ve been helmstroking my life lately.

    Wesley (hullo! good to hear from you again), I am very impressed by the very fine definitional style and know you would beat me at Balderdash / Dictionary. I like your noun most of all; ‘ideology in fluxus’ is in itself a beautiful phrase.

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  3. I think all the previous defintions for ‘helmstroke’ are beautiful unlike mine which is ‘the heart-attack you suffer when you finally realise that no-one is in control of your life but you’.

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  4. Michael! I’ve been looking for you for ages; I lost your email address! But it seems you’ve found me.

    So I’m glad you came by, and I *like* your definition, and that it steers in such a different direction from the others. It makes perfect sense with regards to the words it’s made up of.

    (Shall be sending you an email soon!)

    xo

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  5. Hey Zen! Wanted to get to Novel Lines yesterday but had to be somewhere else. Looking forward to hearing from you and catching up with all your news.

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