Early Friday Fun – words that have lost their innocence!

We’re all familiar with words that have evolved over time to develop new meanings. For example, organic used to refer to anything that grew; mad used to be an insult and gay meant happy! New products have also delivered language problems at times. I mean, after Richard Branson launched his brand of condoms, hanging out with a Mate could have meant something entirely different, while lapping at a pussy now means drinking mineral water! Slang can also  cause confusion – who would have thought that moist was an insult?

So your challenge this week is to bring us words that have evolved or invent your own slang and give it a counter meaning!

Away you go!

Take part! Get involved!

Friday Fun – What type of car are you?

In market research focus groups, they ask questions like ‘If you were a car, what type of car would you be?’ And that’s the challenge this week – match famous people with cars and explain why, like the following examples:

Michael Jackson – a kit car – made of plastic; David Bowie – VW Beetle – looks similar to the old model but the engineering is completely different; Jimmy Saville – Yugo – gone and remembered for all the wrong reasons; and finally, David Cameron – BMW – cuts you up and then blames you for it!

Away you go!

Breaking The Mould – The Holy Grail of Writing

Breaking the mould is the holy grail of writing. Finding expression like nobody before. Standing apart from the crowd.

It’s possible, certainly, but not probable. Chances are, if you think you’re a unique voice, you’re going to be sorely disappointed. Somebody somewhere has done it before.

Like the magic rule of three. You say something, explain it, and then qualify it. Just like the examples above.

Somebody somewhere used it first. Then others followed. Now writers use this device all the time.

So maybe you should set your sights lower. Aim for something more achievable. Less ambitious.

Like world peace. Or an end to global poverty. A cure for death.

People have become used to the rule of three. Now if you stop at two it feels unfinished.

On another note, more than three appears clumsy. Like the writer is struggling for clarity. To find the right words. Labouring the point. Like that really.

Like I say, it’s the magic number. The rule. The law.

But the rule of three must have started somewhere. Somewhen. Sometime.

And then it grew into the norm. This literary device. This catchy conjuror.

Thankfully there’s always someone out there hell bent on destroying the norm and poking a finger in the eye of comfortable predictability and nothing will stop them from finding their grail. So they toil and they toil and then they toil some more in search of the inspiration with their perspiration to break this new mould that society has cradled to its bosom so vigorously that it’s in danger of suffocating the creative spark that fuelled the imaginative inferno in the first place. And of course they’re too late because society’s yearning for its warmth has already snuffed the fragile flame and what was once a creative beacon lighting the path of the future has been rendered a spent torch sucked dry by the very ones who sought to breathe eternal life into its core and suckle on its power. And nothing is new or unique or original anymore and society thirsts for new and original and unique, but is wandering in a desert wilderness. And this desert wilderness tortures and torments even the strongest minds until they lose their ever more tentative grip on reality, and in tandem with their desert wanderings, their minds wander a metaphorical barren wilderness until they spew unchecked, unfettered, uncensored, unadulterated, raw beauty onto the world and now there is no editing because to edit would be to tarnish and destroy the creative seed that has been sown in this raging, ranting, rambling cacophony of literary noise. A noise of beauty, of fury, of power, of essence, of being. It crackles with electric energy; it thrums with pulsing rhythm; soars with eagle grace; shines brighter than a galaxy of stars; soothes the soul in the warmth of its embrace and penetrates the heart easier than a baby’s smile.

And so the stream of consciousness is born.

And it’s new and unique and original once more. Until it’s tired and old and not new. Not unique. Not original. Just same same, not different.

So the quest begins for another new voice. Another new sound. Another holy grail.

And the quest will continue forever, because as soon as something new is found, it’s not new anymore.

Friday Fun – Dear Diary!

OK, so for Friday Fun this week, you need to come up with the first line of an entry to a personal diary. A few examples as follows:

Dear Diary, I’ll be back! – Arnold Schwarzenegger

Dear Diary, fuck off! – Tourette’s sufferer

Dear Diary, goodb… – Suicide bomber

Dear Diary, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yesss, yessssss, YESSSSSSSSSSSS! – Sally Allbright (from the movie When Harry Met Sally)

Away you go! Take part! Get involved!

Friday Fun – Alter egos

Some brilliant collective nouns last week including a flood of plumbers, digression of politicians, detention of teachers and Cowell of producers!

This week’s challenge synergises nicely with this site. I recently discovered that the new Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, is a former oil executive! Some might say that this makes him both spiritualist and capitalist in one short life. Other more cynical types might suggest he represents both God and Satan as some sort of theological double agent! Either way, it certainly underlines the notion that he cannot be pigeon-holed into one box!

So the challenge this week is to identify others out there with at least one alter ego. Here are a few to get you going: Bruce Dickinson – rock star and pilot; Stephen Fry – actor, comedian, author, TV presenter etc; Katie ‘Jordan’ Price – model and author (ahem!); Jeffrey Archer – politician and author (ahem ahem!); Clark Kent – journalist and superhero!

The list is endless and without boundaries!*

So away you go! Take part! Get involved!

*Within reason!