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Weekend Writing Prompt – Portmanteau

Published September 26, 2021 by rochellewisoff

A word prompt to get your creativity flowing this weekend.  How you use the prompt is up to you.  Write a piece of flash fiction, a poem, a chapter for your novel…anything you like.  Or take the challenge below – there are no prizes – it’s not a competition but rather a fun writing exercise.  If you want to share what you come up with, please leave a link to it in Sammi’s Comment Section.

I’ll admit to being on the grammar police squad. My mother instilled it in me early in life.

“Ain’t isn’t proper English.”

            It’s “they were” NOT “they was.” And “was you?” No way. No how.  

“I seen it” makes me cringe.

I beg you on bended knees, for the sake of my bleeding ears, refrain from committing such grammatacide.

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  • Dictionary.com defines a portmanteau word as one that combines the form and meaning of two other words. Hence “grammatacide” is mine. 😉

WEEKEND WRITING PROMPT – TINKER

Published August 17, 2019 by rochellewisoff

A word prompt to get your creativity flowing this weekend.  How you use the prompt is up to you.  Write a piece of flash fiction, a poem, a chapter for your novel…anything you like.  Or take the challenge below – there are no prizes – it’s not a competition but rather a fun writing exercise.  If you want to share what you come up with, please leave a link to it in Sammi’s comment section.

Word Prompt

Tinker

Challenge

“Why can’t the English teach their children how to speak?” lamented Professor Henry Higgins and later added, “Americans haven’t spoken it for years.” Although I was born and raised in these United States, I often feel his pain. 😉 So I give you my 75 words entitled,

GRAMMAR POLICE B.O.L.O.

            “Joe and me had a great time today in the park.”

            “Mary laughed at Joe and I.”

            What’s wrong with this picture?

            Let’s tinker a bit with those two sentences and see what happens when we eliminate “Joe and” from the equation.

            “Me had a great time today at the park.”

            “Mary laughed at I.”

            Truly, I’m not trying to be obnoxious, but it is something for you and me to consider, don’t you think?

Wisoff Grammar Police

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29 March 2019

Published March 27, 2019 by rochellewisoff

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As always, please be considerate of your fellow Fictioneers and keep your stories to 100 words. (Title is not included in the word count.)  Many thanks. 

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Genre: Hysterical Faction

Word Count: 100

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