It’s that time again–your day of the week for lovely little English phrases in a family of five.
Ever play the card game Apples to Apples? Usually four or more players take turns serving as the judge of which noun or proper noun (red card) best goes with the adjective (green card) drawn, or vice versa. You score points if your card is chosen by the judge. I’m sure there are entire blogs and clubs dedicated to the wonders of this highly entertaining game, but no, I’m not going to look them up. Here’s my two cents–or nickel plus a penny, as it were.
- “Golf-Ball-Sized Hail” – A compound modifier the game presents as a stand-alone noun (oh, look, another compound modifier!)–see Five-Phrase Friday (4) for more compound modifiers. Even my series title is a compound-modified phrase! Crikey! Another one! They’re everywhere!
My favorite winning combination from playing the game with family on holidays (not my win):
- “Chewy Warts”
And feast upon these choice pairings I came up with while shuffling through the deck today:
- “Dead Bird Watching” – Like the traffic construction sign “Slow Men Working,” where does the pause go? After “Slow” or after “Men”? After “Dead” or after “Bird”?
I think it’s the nonsensical morbidity that does it for me there, though: Is the dead bird watching something, or is someone who is dead watching the bird? Hmm… Live people watching dead birds is much less interesting, except for the mental illness factor.
- “Sultry Underwear”
I’ll let you ponder that one.
- “Philosophical Amputations” – delightfully cryptic, bizarre, eerily metaphorical
Bonus: “Cranky Inside the Sun” – How creative of the game makers to come up with “Inside the Sun.” I wonder what it’s like there.
One of our family members, who shall remain anonymous, still insists that Dolly Parton is the best noun for any adjective. Even if it’s a negative one, he just likes thinking of her.
I think we’re overdue to break out the apple crate once again.
May your weekend be full of play.