Saturday, October 07, 2006

The Quotomorphia Game

Inspired by the Oxford English Dictionary and The Quote Verifier (well, maybe not "inspired"; they're nearby and handy), here's what could become a new 'Net Game, yielding a net gain of nonsense, naughtiness, and -- who knows -- nausea.

I've dubbed the game Quotomorphia and hereby declare myself the sole and proprietary inventor and owner of this term, as well as its copyright holder, to wit, ipso facto, habeas corpus, colloquial colitis, et saecula saeculorum. Amen.

It goes like this:

Take an original quote, or as best one can discern it to be original (as Ralph Keyes can attest, that can be a scholarly challenge; so, let's just have fun, shall we, kids?), state it, and then twist the original quote into a new quote. Most people will probably use the hundreds of quotation websites out there. Preferably the new quote is witty or offers a new, telling commentary all its own.

Here are my first feeble forays into the fray:


"What else than a natural and mighty palimpsest is the human brain?" -- Thomas De Quincey

"What else than a natural and mighty pimp is the male genitalia?" -- The Laughorist

"Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing." -- Oscar Wilde

"Nowadays people know the price of gas but not the cost of war." -- Pawlie Kokonuts

"Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity." -- Horace Mann

"Be ashamed to die until you have appeared on the cover of People." -- The Laughorist

"Mission accomplished." -- George W. Bush

"Mission: accomplices." -- Pawlie Kokonuts

"I laughed all the way to the bank." -- Liberace

"I laughed all the way to the poorhouse." -- The Laughorist

I'll be on my peregrination [see previous post] to the Emerald Isle, so my online presence will likely be felt only by my absence.

Feel free to browse through my arch and ornery (and sometimes funny) archives. If I can log on from Ireland -- and feel so disposed to do so -- I'll check in.

Otherwise, pray I don't get blown off the Cliffs of Moher.

Come to think of it . . .

Laugh. Or....

Else.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Excellent game!
Laughing all the way to the poorhouse is a classic.

Anonymous said...

you left a few words out of your legal thingy.... fellatio, cunnilingus, labia, glans, exhibitionist ad procto, and all that stuff.

Sounds like a fun game.

Later Yall....

Odat said...

Excellent idea!!!
Have a wonderful trip and kiss the blarney stone for me....I doubt that you need that gift!
Peace

jbwritergirl said...

Walk tall and carry a big stick...?

Slouch over until the Viagra wears off...JB

Sheila said...

Wow. Those are fuckin hilarious!!! Great game!

Anonymous said...

umm fun game and tempting to try...

If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor - Albert Einstein

If you are out to describe the truth - it only ends in divorce

Have fun over in Ireland

Glamourpuss said...

A game! Wot larks!

'We are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars.' Oscar Wilde

'We are all in the gutter but some of us are watching Celebrity Love Island.' Glamourpuss

Bring on the bathos...

GP

azgoddess said...

enjoy, have fun, wish i was there...

now my contribution:

I think people should be allowed to do anything they want. We haven't tried that for a while. Maybe this time it'll work.
George Carlin

I think people should be allowed to do nothing. It's more fun to take things away that to leave well enough alone.
azgoddess

Anonymous said...

You know I think it's a great idea!

ASk not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country - JFK

Tell the country what it can do for you because you have paid enough taxes to your country.

Hopefully I'll get better as the game progresses ;-)

Anonymous said...

Just terrific! I love the "game of quotes"! *(like CLUE only better)*

well sort of!

~M

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mutleythedog said...

"Ask not for whom the bell tolls - it tolls for you"

"Ask not for whom the blogger blogs - he blogs for you!"

"To be or not to be that is the question"

Two bees or not two bees that is apiarists question"

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