Word of the Day

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Double the Fun

In this game, you will be writing couplets. A couplet, defined by Lemony Snicket and confirmed by Wikipedia, is a poem consisting of two lines. Traditionally, they rhyme and have the same meter. Your job, if you so accept, is to write a couplet consisting the word of the day. You must tell us what the word of the day was that day, and the definition. Literary devices are encouraged, and bonus points if the word of the day is used as the rhyming word.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Jousting Jubilee

As you all know, it's that time of year again, and Christmas songs are on all the time. Your task should you choose to accept it, is to take one of these said songs, and revamp it's lyrics. As always, points for creativity, and extra points if you can change the holiday of a classic Christmas song. Happy Jousting!!

Saturday, November 20, 2010


Okay, I will admit it, the Turkey awards was... well....um....a turkey. So I give myself the award and change the game. Given that this week I had to delete a Facebook comment, delete an Inklings blog, and delete a word joust game....and am now still lingering under the spell of the amazing Harry Potter movie I saw yesterday....the new game will be a wish for a little magic.
Please come up with a word that will magically change time back when, despite your well intentions, you totally do the wrong thing.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


It's been awhile since we've done a "word verification", so today's your lucky day because that's what this new game is going to be!  This is an actual word verification I got from Delirious' blog.  I had to click the comment link about 8 times before I got a word verification that I liked. :0)

 So here's what I want:  Give me a definition and use it in a sentence.  Extra points for making me laugh out loud!

Here's your word:  reastran

Happy Jousting!

Friday, October 22, 2010


In a recent conversation someone said to me, "She's such a drama llama!"
Your misssion, should you choose to accept it, is to define just what a drama llama actually is. I'm looking for some explicit characteristics in whatever form you choose to take.

Sunday, October 3, 2010


The game for this week (Or until everybody gets to play) is to take an invention, anything at all, and change its purpose and name, to make it do something completely different. For example, a salt and pepper shaker becomes a chocolate and vanilla dispenser. As always, extra points will be given to creativity, hilariousness, and extra stuff such as a short story involving your new Changevention. Be Creative! Be Bold! Be Underlined and Italics! And as always, Happy Jousting!!

Sunday, September 19, 2010


For this game, you need to study the picture and come up with a headline and a parragraph explaining the picture.  Of course, top points will be awarded to the funniest and most creative!  When the game is over, I'll tell you what this picture is.  Remember:  You're not trying to "guess" what this is, you're just trying to make up a funny, creative headline and a funny, creative explanation of what it could be.  Have fun!  You can submit as many entries as you wish.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Haiku For U!

The start of school is such a wonderful time of year (at least it is for me right now because my husband just finished school, forever). In honor of this wonderful occasion and because I love writing haikus, your task, if you choose to accept it, is to write a haiku about starting or finishing school. I need a good laugh right now, so bonus points for inducing giggles.

How to write a haiku:
Meter is 5, 7, 5 (syllables) and no rhyming is necessary.
For a brilliant example of Haiku, check out my entry for Moon Fashion.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Quotable Quotes

There are millions of quotes in the world regarding every possible topic. For example, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." Or the more popular government version, "If it ain't broke, fix it till it is." Without using quotes from our family, (ie, Mom and Dad) give the most creative saying you can find, or invent. The most memorable/creative wins.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010


For this word joust, you will pretend that you are an editor for your family's newspaper. Write a headline for the front page.
I enjoy wit and literary devices, but above all, I love puns! Extra points for extra puns! There are rules for headlines, but the only ones that apply here are:

* No "to be" verbs.
* No articles (the, a, an).
* Use the word EXTRA! and get EXTRA points!
Be creative, have fun, and good luck!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The Vacation TOP TEN!!!

I know that for some, this will seem like it is meant for only my family. Not true. However... since we WILL be missing some of our family members this summer, I thought we would create a Word Joust in their honor. I don't always stay up watching TV, but when I do, I love to see David Letterman's Top Ten. For this round, you should create your own Top Ten List. Be original. But your list should reflect the theme of Summer Vacation. For those who so desire, you may bend that any way you want. You are limited ONLY by those things that can be seen, heard, tasted, smelled, felt, said, or done while on summer vacation. I know the picture isn't exactly in line with the theme, but it was funny and my family will know exactly what I'm talking about. Happy Jousting!

Monday, June 28, 2010


Well I don't know about you, but I can't believe that they don't have that oil spill in the Gulf cleaned up yet!  It even seems like there are many people with ideas, but they are just not trying much at all.  So here's the next game:

In the next Word Joust Game, you must submit an original idea of how they can clean up the oil in the Gulf.  This idea doesn't necessarily have to be scientifically correct (and it doesn't even have to really work), but the winner will be determined on how creative the idea is, and how creatively the idea is pitched.  So put your thinking caps on and really sell me on this one, and who knows?  Maybe we can send our idea to Obama!  I'm sure he'll appreciate one more idea on how to clean up the oil spill.....:0)

Monday, June 21, 2010


I was thinking of the old time advertising jingles that we heard growing up. To be correct, a jingle is set to music. But for our purposes today, I use the word "jingle" to describe any advertising catchphrase. I had to google this because my memory wasn't so good, but here are a few examples from my childhood:

"Hungryyyyy, Hungry Jack. They gobble 'em up and the plate come back for Hungry Jack."

"All - tempa - Cheer"

"Please don't squeeze the Charmin!"

"I can't believe I ate the whole thing"

"Where's the beef?"

"Look Ma, no cavities!"

"Plop plop Fizz fizz O what a relief it is"

"I can't believe I ate the WHOLE thing

Okay, so your task is to come up with a jingle. I was thinking that the only product I have right now that I would like advertised is my blog. So please write a jingle for my blog!

Thursday, June 10, 2010


There was a great movie with Robert Redford where someone invented a device to break all codes. As kids we used to make up a code and write a message, then have the others decode the message. There are some standard rules that are very useful in breaking simple codes. I have a normal sentence encoded for you to break. The first one to break the code wins. I won't confirm the answer until everyone guesses or decodes the message the same. Get your pen and paper ready. Here's the coded message:

Sbe gur Oybt bs Jbeq Wbhfg, gur uneqrfg guvat gb qb vf gb pbzr hc jvgu gur arkg tnzr.

Happy decrypting!


Monday, May 31, 2010

Rhyme Me

This is kind of an extension of Twist's last game, with a slight, erm.....twist.

I want you to make a sentence (that makes sense) using as many rhyming words as possible. Not every word has to rhyme, but the more rhyming words you use, the more points you get. Here is an example. Note I didn't invent the word "stucky"... ;)

Lucky Ducky stuck in the mucky

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Word Pyramid

I've never seen a game like this before so if you have, let me know what it's called. For now I'm calling it a word pyramid. The rules are simpler than the game. Start with a single letter word. Each line must have only one word and that word must be a single letter bigger than the last word. Highlight your pyramid and center the text. Here is my poor example:

The pyramid with the most lines that actually make a sentence is the winner.

Thursday, May 6, 2010


My husband turned 60 this year and it has made us think about that universal fear of getting older.  We have made a pact that WE will grow old gracefully and not be cantankerous and stubborn like some of the old(er) people we know.  Since time ticks on and makes fools of us all, we know that we will all get there some day and be "old".  Your challenge for this game is to create a word that describes the "fear of getting older."  The only rules are to stay within the realms of the English language.  You may submit as many words as you wish.
Have fun!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

A Limerick: In Honor of Nene's Homecoming :)

In honor of Nene moving home from Ireland, I want to do another limerick. I might note that she has had difficulty getting a flight out of Ireland because of volcanic ash blowing from Iceland. Please finish the following limerick. Remember we are keeping this clean! ;)

There once was a traveler named Nene.....

Friday, April 9, 2010

How Are We Feeling Today?

Okay, I will spare you the specifics and the details, but I am suffering from a stomach flu that has had hold of me for two days now. I went over 30 hours with no solid food, and limited liquids. I have been feverish and aching throughout the day and night. Tonight, after around 36 hours with nothing more solid than "Go-gurt," I ate dinner--pizza, and cheese-sticks, with root-beer
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to come up with a fictional word that describes exactly how I feel after this dinner. I will give you only one hint: it ain't good. And I'm still feeling it a couple of hours later.
The winner will be the person who comes closest to the sound being made in my head as I write this! Use your imagination, but don't gross yourself out in the process! We don't need more of us feeling this way...

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Recipe for Disaster

(Sorry this took so long. I had family in town.)

This next game is courtesy of my charming, clever husband.

Each of you, if you feel up to the challenge, will create a recipe for a word in standard recipe format (see example below). The word you choose is up to you, but you can always turn to the Word of the Day gadget that is on this blog. The example word is not allowed. Your recipe can be funny, serious, profound, ironic, etc. (That said, I, as the judge, like a good laugh.) Your recipe can teach how to become that word, set up a scene that the word describes, or paint a portrait of a person that the word describes. In other words, be creative!



1 harried mother
2 overstimulated children, under age 5 preferred
1 pan delicious Lasagna
1/2 cup bad luck
5-10 important phone calls
1 cold granite countertop
1 box Mac and Cheese

Arrange ingredients about 30 minutes after you should have started making dinner. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix mother and children together until the mother can't see straight and is about to pull out her hair. Somehow manage to get the lasagna in the almost preheated oven. Sprinkle mixture with bad luck. Add phone calls one at a time with the most important and longest right as the lasagna should come out of the oven. Continue to mix the mother and children. When the kitchen is sufficiently filled with smoke, remove the lasagna with the mother and chilren mixture and place on cold granite countertop until the pyrex dish shatters. Allow the mother to steam and vent before mixing together the box of Mac and Cheese. Serve immediately.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Snow, snow, go away...

J.K. Rowling came up with "Wingarium leviosa" to levitate things, "Expelliarmus" to make someone drop something, "Reparo" to fix an item.
What I want is an incantation to make winter leave or spring to come (and stay), and I'm putting a 5 word limit on it. Then let's hope it works!
Good luck!

Monday, March 1, 2010


Now that the Winter Olympics are over, I'm wondering if anyone thought there should have been "more" games?  Your challenge for this round of Word Joust is to create a "New Winter Olympic Game".  Anything goes, but no need to be really technically involved - just give me the basics.  Describe your game and any equipment the contender might need, and what would determine a winner. 

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Fromagette is Real!

I met Fromagette in person today. She's real! Fun times!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Tell Me A Joke- Part 2

Everybody can play because the joke doesn't have to be original (but you get extra points if it is.)
Which means of course, that you don't even have to be creative, which of course is NOT the point of the whole blog, BUT....... its my game, Mine, MINE (insert evil laugh here- really- insert it now because I have no idea how to type an evil laugh.)
OK so here are the rules. The same one for determining if I forward a joke at work, i.e. I laugh out loud.
In the case of multiple outbursts, the winner will be determined by the joke that makes me laugh so hard my wife will ask, "what's so funny." Pathetic laughs count, but not much. Politics is OK but probably far too easy
Extra points for jokes I haven't heard.
Extra points for originality. (you're on your honor for this one)

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Life's a Pitch

Our family bought a new game called "Life's a Pitch". I thought it might be fun to try it out with you here. I'm going to give you a situation, and then I will list some nouns. Each of you must pick one of the nouns (first come first served basis) and "pitch" to me why it fits the situation the best. :) Just write a comment explaining why I should pick your noun as the best answer. I'll write a long list of nouns so that you have a good choice. But you may not choose a noun that has already been used. Remember, the more creative and persuasive the answer, the more likely it will be picked.

Something you use to cure nausea

aerosol spray
waffle iron
deck of cards
cube of butter
cowboy hat
a ruler
divining rod
marshmallow creme

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Maybe I’m Getting Paranoid

Sometimes an article just says it all. Profound and to the point, like this one from the The New Republic.
It speaks to an apparent bias in the Administration and the callousness of Arab governments to others as well as there own. Well done.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Tongue Tied?

We all know how hard it is to sometimes say exactly what you mean, when you want to say it. Politicians get bad publicity when they can't get things just right. And we all know how difficult it can get when you get your tang all tongueled up . . . I mean when you're tie-tangued . . . . I mean when you wix up mords. Well, wou mow yhat I nean . . . .

Anyway, your mission is to write an original tongue-twister. Forget all the "She sells sea shells" stuff. I want a POLITICAL tongue twister. It can deal with anything political, but other than that, the gloves are off. Points will be given to anyone who writes one I can't say 5 times, fast! Even more points if I can't even say it once!

Lood Guck!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


We've had some tough games recently, so let's have a break and do a game that's a bit easier. I'll give you a word - in Gaelic - and you invent the meaning for that word and make up an sentence using it. In English, this word is actually one word, but in Gaelic, it's two words. Here's the word:

Calog Shneachta

When the game is over, I'll tell you the real meaning of this word. Remember, I'm not looking for the "real" meaning, I'm looking for the most creative meaning you can come up with. :0)

Sunday, January 3, 2010


Yesterday, 01.02.2010, was PALINDROME DAY. Just as a reminder, a palindrome is a word or phrase which is spelled the same forward or backward. One very famous example is "Able was I ere I saw Elba."
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to create an original palindrome of your own devising. Points will be given for palindromes that follow ANY theme. More points if you follow a New Year's theme. The longer the palindrome, the more points you will score. Have fun!