Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Austen Madlibs

Apprentice Writer keeps talking about the authors at 'Risky Regencies'. She really ought to develop a more balanced approach to the plethora of bloggers out in cyberspace, but those Riskies are so darn entertaining.

Today, they invited surfers to participate in a Regency version of the childhood game of Madlibs, where a person fills in the blanks of different types of words and then gets to see how they're all strung together nonsensically, and most of the time, amusingly.

The blanks were:
Abstract Idea / Adverb / Kind of Person / Possession / Member of Household / Degree / Plural Noun / Plural Noun / Group of Humans / Member of Household

Here is how AW's contributions played out:

It is an aloofness morosely acknowledged, that an undertaker in possession of a good stamp collection, must be in want of a creepy uncle.

However well known the false teeth or spittoons of such a man may be on his first entering the New World, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of the surrounding river rafters, that he is considered the rightful property of some one or other of their distant cousins thrice removed.

(The Gentle Reader will have recognized the famous first paragraph of Jane Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice'.)

Many other funny examples at the site. Take a look:


Cara King said...

So glad you enjoyed it, M!


M. said...

Cara - good stuff! Can't wait to see what you come up wit next.