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March 4, 2013 /

Daily Prompt: Twenty-Five

There are 26 letters in the English language, and we need every single one of them. Want proof? Choose a letter and write a blog post without using it. (Feeling really brave? Make it a vowel!)


Today we are invited to write a lipogram: a kind of limited writing or word game involving writing a paragraph or longer work avoiding a particular letter or letter group — normally a common vowel, and frequently “E”, an extremely common letter in our native language.

Writing a lipogram may be a trivial effort for an uncommon letter like “Z”, “J”, “Q”, or “X”, but can be much more difficult for a more common character like “E”, “T” or “A”. In writing a lipogram, the author may have to omit many an ordinary word or term. A grammatically meaningful and well-flowing lipogram can be difficult to create.

More challenging yet – a pangrammatic lipogram or lipogrammatic pangram: a text that will employ every letter of the alphabet except one, e.g. “The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog”, a pangrammatic lipogram which left out one character that failed to appear anywhere here today.

(full video here)

EV Wright wrote a 50,000 word lipogrammatic novel, containing not one “e”, the title of which may not appear here today. Imagine that – what an effort! My wee attempt  today took quite enough doing.

Credit to Wikipedia for helping out today

Playing the game today:

December 31, 2008 /

Blessed with a still day and a calm sea, we found ourselves at Loth terminal more or less as the sun came up. There was much low cloud, but the early light broke through where it could and lit the sea beautifully – we had several beautiful views of silvery sea on the drive to the ferry and Backaskaill, Stove, and the Eday sound all looked very lovely.

Water Socks WIP
Water Socks WIP

The Varagen was in service, and we were scheduled to come and go via Eday yesterday. Normally we take advantage of the deck space on the Varagen and travel outside in the fresh air, or go in the half deck cafeteria for the bacon butties. We were eschewing the bacon, so yesterday was the first time I had set foot in the passenger lounge. “Mostly too hot, and rather uncomfortable seating” was my verdict.

I knitted on  my Water Socks in both directions and by the time I got home I had added half a leg, a heel flap and one third of the gusset stitches. It won’t be long now until I have a pair.

Low cloud over the Kirkwall area
Low cloud over the Kirkwall area

We arrived in Kirkwall to find it far colder than Sanday had been when we left. There was some low cloud and mist that brought with it the kind of chill that instantly seeps into one’s bones and saps all energy.