The S-sense of it

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:

  1. Daily Post: Twenty-Five | tel-uh-vizh-uh-ner-ee
  2. Ilya Fostiy. Muse | Philosophy & Photography
  3. Kicking out X or Z? | Q the Adult
  4. Ella Minnow Pea | Spirit Lights The Way
  5. Do we really need all 26 letters? | Being Special
  6. W‘Sup Duck? | The Jittery Goat
  7. Daily Prompt: Twenty-Five | Daddy’s Naughty Little Girl
  8. Daily Prompt: Twenty-Five – “Without You” | Mostly Just Fiction
  9. Daily Prompt: Twenty-Five, Alphabet Soup | Lines by Linda
  10. Daily Prompt: Twenty-Five | likereadingontrains
  11. Daily Prompt: Twenty Five | ?????
  12. Revisiting the 500 words with no I | Random Encounters of an Inquisitive Mind
  13. The 21st Letter « Sorta-Ginger
  14. Daily Prompt – Twenty Five | Joe’s Musings

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  1. March 4, 2013

    Very well done! I went straight down the middle of the road, veering toward easy.

    • March 4, 2013

      well at least when taking that route, there was no need to queue 🙂

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