The Ambassador

persiflage – noun

[pur-suh-flahzh, pair-]

1.   light, bantering talk or writing.

2.   a frivolous or flippant style of treating a subject.

hierogram – noun

[hahy-er-uh-gram, hahy-ruh-]

1.   a sacred symbol, as an emblem, pictograph, or the like.

panel – noun


1.   a group of people who answer questions, give advice or opinions about something, or take part in a discussion for an           audience

2.   a group of people with special knowledge, skill, or experience who give advice or make decisions

3.   a group of people who are chosen to be jurors

4.   one of the flat pieces that make up a door, wall, or ceiling

5.   a piece of cloth that makes up part of something sewn together

6.   a piece of metal or plastic that forms part of the outside surface of a vehicle

7.   a flat surface where the controls of a vehicle, machine, etc., are located

Unfortunately for the Ambassador, the panel of Articulates (a slang term meaning person(s) who speak formally in distinct syllables) were not paying him any notice as he gave his speech about the hierogram his people were trying to protect.

The Articulates instead were quietly engaged in persiflage among themselves bantering, he supposed, about the ‘inane issue this man feels is worth wasting our time with’ (words he actually heard come from the group during his speech.)

Polite applause commenced when he finished his speech. He bowed his head in gratitude and shame.

The Ambassador walked away knowing he had to change minds somehow to preserve the importance of his people’s sacred symbol. The question berated him as to how he would accomplish this. Perhaps another day.


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