Tuesday, December 12, 2017

M-W sentence challenge

Fresca made a suggestion in a comment: write a sentence using Merriam-Webster’s nine runners-up for Word of the Year. The runners-up: complicit, recuse, empathy, dotard, syzygy, gyro, federalism, hurricane, and gaffe.


“In the name of federalism, show some empathy, or at least some syzygy, you complicit gaffe-prone dotard,” the hurricane warned, “before I turn you into a gyro platter and recuse myself!”
Want to play? Leave a sentence as a comment, or write one in a post of your own and I’ll link to it.

comments: 5

Daughter Number Three said...

Okay, this is really bad.

Only a dotard would deny federalism is complicit in the lack of empathy felt for those who recuse themselves, aligned as they are, almost in syzygy, creating a perfect hurricane that's more gaffe than gyro meat.

Frex said...

OOOh... you two are really, really good!
I posed the challenge but have yet to rise to it myself.

Fresca said...

OK, I did it!
Posted on my blog, but I'll put it here.
NOTE: I imagine my sentence illustrated by Jules Feiffer's dancer. Here it is:

The modern dancer spun in syzygy with a gyro on a spit, presenting without a gaffe a hurricane of moves meant to represent an empathetic federalism, while the judge was recused as a dotard, complicit in seeking to block the inclusion of "foreign" meats in dance.


Fresca said...

P.S. Of course I have to admit I made it easier on myself than you two did, by adding other substantive words...

Michael Leddy said...

I hope someone at Merriam-Webster is taking notice. Put down that gyro, lexicographer, and show some empathy!