Season X, Challenge 4: Tweets

Challenge 4: Tweets

We probably know that a text message (or Tweet) can only be 140 characters maximum, including all spaces and punctuation. Below are three words – your task is to compose 3 texts/Tweets, one for each word. Though one word is poetic, another comic/slang, and another rarely used in conversational English, you can use each word as you like: by its strict definition, make up a new definition, write a poem or dialogue, use the word in a punning / witty / homophonic way, or break it into its constituent parts.

The three words: a. dolorous   b. nark   c. affable

There are only 2 rules: 1. each text/tweet may not exceed 140 characters in all 2. however you use it, each word must appear whole somewhere in its text/Tweet.

Examples using the word ‘palindrome’ as an illustration All the following would be acceptable: • A classic palindrome: a man, a plan, a canal, Panama • palindrome (n.): A place where the dyslexic go in order to board an aeropalin. • And Jesus said “Life is like a palindrome: whatever ye do, it shall return in equal measure.” • “PalindRome, PalindRome, wherefore art thou PalindRomeo?” “Romeo? Madam, I’m Adam” • I lost my pal in Rome  She came back all the same  Bless you palindrome!  Without her, life is lame Though the first would score nothing for originality, they all obey the rules, and are mostly well within 140 characters, so there is a lot of scope.

Technical note : to get a character count –  select your text then use the Word Count option in Word’s Tools menu … – you’ll see that Word not only gives you a word count, but also “Characters (with spaces)”. As a rough guide, The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. is only 44 characters including spaces and punctuation.

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