Here’s some fun wordplay to shake your brain around. Open a new document, close your eyes and type the FIRST WORD or PHRASE that comes into your head that starts with A. Add a space after it and immediately type the first word that comes into your head that starts with B. Keep going. Don’t think, just type the first thing that pops into your head. Don’t worry about skipping letters or repeating themes or patterns. Do as many rounds as you want until you start to feel giddy and brazen, or until you are typing random strings of letters that, while spelling a fine and even heroic word in Old Norse, couldn’t pass for English in any subculture of the English-speaking world. Here are some of mine:
androgyny Battista California Denmark England first gunfight hostage indescribable jackass Kalamazoo meddle Nancy Reagan Oscar the Grouch proofreader question Rastafarian Satan Tony Award underling West Coast X-Ray yellow fever Zulu
apple beast chastity devil equine festive ghostly harridan internal Jason Ritter Kraft Macaroni and Cheese Louisiana manatee nuts open Pasha queue root beer seditious truck undervalue vestigal wiggle room xenon yowl zither
androgynous Babylon carrot dolomite elephant Fashion Week ghastly horrific indescribable jackal kickball locomotive Mouseketeer nicety opinionated pup query rendezvous storyline trackball underling vast worldly Xerxes Yahtzee Zabar’s
ask better cherry dogma estuary flash gerund hello indolence jasmine Kremlin lollipop mastodon nevermore opine pistachio querulous rotund stalagmite truculent undermine veronica wishbone Xavier yesterday zephyr
Want to give it a try? Let’s see some of yours!