When I was a kid we’d watch this quiz show – Call my Bluff. The idea being two teams of three would each be given an obscure long-forgotten word with three possible definitions, only one of which was the true, the other two were false. After each team member read out their definition (often in an entertaining, convincing fashion), a member of the opposing team would try to guess the correct one.
The obscurity of the words, some scientific, others just downright weird and out-dated, and the convoluted delivery of the definitions took the simple concept and made it watchable. Why else would anyone be interested in forgotten words?
Later, came the board game Balderdash. The principle of the game was similar, except each player has the chance to make up definitions for each word on the playing card. Then, everyone tries to guess which is the correct answer (the person with the correct answer mixes the definitions up and reads them out randomly). Personally, I found it more fun coming up with the false definitions than guessing the correct one. It led to inventiveness around the origins of words and hilarity after a few rounds of alcohol.
The point of the game – none whatsoever, however, it did inspire a great deal of silliness. Writing nonsense is my post for today. How much time do we spend rationalising our thoughts, determining what we write is correct, believable, accurate or plain common-sense. When stuck for ideas, why not let fly all reason and pluck out something with no reasoning – a nonsense poem, a ridiculous series of events or an incredible set of co-incidences, or go fantastical with a wondrous world where the laws of physics doesn’t matter. Why not write some balderdash and de-stress.
My book for today – a wonderful children’s tale with a giant size fruit, a flock of birds and talking insects – now who would have thought of that?
Roald Dahl – James and the Giant Peach.
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