Site contents copyright 2004-2014 Michelle Hakala except where otherwise noted.

Exercise #555

Exercise #555: Word Play
Posted  1/24/14

Today’s exercise comes from Sue L, though she probably doesn’t remember suggesting it, that suggestion happened so long ago.

She wrote, “The idea of false splitting a word - e.g. a stigmatism instead of astigmatism, going to see Attle instead of going to Seattle - fascinates me. A play on words, or a misunderstanding, which can be very funny or confusing, depending on how it's used. When I was a child, my parents invited an overseas visitor to come with us to a scenic spot called Lesmurdie. She asked if he would be home. Who? Les Murdie, of course!”

My own most memorable was likely from a Saturday Night Live skit, where the driver of a car says, “What’s that in the road a head?”

For this exercise, include a “false splitting” in your SUB, and see what funny or confusing misunderstanding you can get out of it.

Critiquers, you might choose to answer these questions for critiquing the piece:
     * Did you catch any spelling errors or other standard proofreading items? If so, note them for the author.
     * Did you find the falsely split word worked in this piece? Why or why not?

Word limit: 1200
Please use the subject line:
             SUB: Exercise #555/yourname

Back to:

[The Desk Drawer] [Exercise Menu] [Exercises By Type] [Exercises By Number] [Archived Exercises 1-50] [Archived Exercises 51-100] [Archived Exercises 101-150] [Archived Exercises 151-200] [Archived Exercises 201-250] [Archived Exercises 251-300] [Archived Exercises 301-350] [Archived Exercises 351-400] [Archived Exercises 401-450] [Archived Exercises 451-500] [FAQ] [Site Map] [Members' Links] [Members' Desks] [Contact Us] [About Us] [Privacy Policy] [Writer's Links] [We Support] [Donations]