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What Did I Just Say?

on August 18, 2014

The Daily Prompt wonders how I misuse words. I do, too.

On a perfect summer afternoon I was sitting in our usual place under the oak tree by the pool with my friends the “Word Ladies”. The apartment manager years ago gave the ladies a round metal table and matching chairs that a departed tenant left behind. That afternoon someone brought out the gray duffel bag containing the water-proof chair cushions that we keep stored in the bath house. Someone else retrieved the red bag containing cards for playing our game, Scrabble Dictionaries, the bottle of Listerine we use as bug spray – it really works! – and the black plastic bag of small rocks we use to hold down the cards on a windy day. When we look out our windows and see the red bag placed on the metal table we know that the card game is on for that day. It’s like a flag on the beach that signals to “come on in, the water’s fine”. Over time we have developed rituals worthy of any Japanese Tea Ceremony.

The game we play is called Royalty, a descendent of Scrabble. Each player is dealt a hand of seven cards with letters on them instead of little tiles. Like Scrabble the object is to make words. Unlike Scrabble we build on and change each others words to make new ones. The fun is changing other players’ words. In the process of creating new words from existing ones, we come up with words we aren’t sure how to spell. In this case I tend to spell from the sound of words and find “u”‘s combined with “a”‘s and “o”‘s particularly challenging. On this perfect afternoon I was so challenged. I told the ladies that I was sometimes loose with my vowels. There was dead silence followed by a roar of laughter. When I “got it” my face turned red. And then I joined in the best belly laugh I’ve had in ages.


12 responses to “What Did I Just Say?

  1. That’s so funny! When I get tired I malaprop all over the place.

  2. vivachange77 says:

    Yep, being tired makes for loose tongues, too.

  3. Silver Threading says:

    I love that! A perfect play on words or “vowels” I should say. I am still laughing. I would love to learn that game!

    • vivachange77 says:

      Thanks for laughing with me. The game is lots of fun and not hard the way we play it. We don’t keep score according to the numbered values on the cards. We just see who has the highest stack of words completed and declare her the winner.

  4. Karuna says:

    Love it! Thanks for the laugh!

  5. Hilarious! Loved it. The game sounds fun.

  6. LOL (laugh out loud) according to my teenage grandson. I haven’t played scrabble in years; and this is my first time hearing about Royalty. Certainly, sounds like a nice way to spend an afternoon. Thank you for bringing laughter into my day.

  7. vivachange77 says:

    Glad I could give you a laugh. Royalty keeps our minds in good shape even if our bodies aren’t.

  8. kategresham says:

    sounds like great fun and a wonderful community.

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