Those of you whom were around in the 80s will remember this game well. It is a blatant copy of another fun game. The game itself is not copyrighted, but the name is. As such, we will refrain from naming that game so that we have fun, and I avoid lawyers. Let’s just say it rhymes with ad-lib and sounds kind of angry. (Subtle, am I not?)
To play this game I give you a statement with missing words. Those missing words are parts of speech. Into those places you want to fill in the words, without reading the context around them. Then once you’re complete you read the whole thing and laugh about the funny results.
So for example:
“The _____ (noun) walked down the street. “
If I plugged in a word in line with the context it would seem normal. For example, “The dog walked down the street is perfectly ordinary”. But what if I plugged in the word Orange? That would just be nonsense.
“The orange walked down the the street.”
Now before I go too far, I gather from searching the personal finance blog sphere this game made the rounds before, in 2009. However, it appears in 2009 the version that circulated was far more serious than what I have in mind. In that time period they seemed to have commenters plug in their actual information to get to know them. This was a great ice breaker for new joiners to the community, and I’d love to have some real answers to the blanks. However, my real reason for this post matches my non serious mood. I’m primarily looking for flashbacks to my child hood. A time when the results were almost always something rather hilarious, often times slightly obscene. Now, mind you I don’t want this getting to far out of control, given this is a family blog, so no curse words, but otherwise it’s fair game. Copy what I have here and insert your words. Then paste your results in the comments section. Let’s see how creative the community is.
Hi my name is _______(noun). I want to retire by _____(noun). When I retire I plan to _____(verb) _____(noun). In order to retire I plan to _____(Verb) _____(adjective) ______(noun). I will do this by _____(verb) _____(adjective) ______(noun). Today, I have ______(adjective) ______(noun) ______(verb). I ______(verb) as a _____(noun). I am currently _____(verb) ______(preposition) _______(adjective)_______ (noun). One unique thing about me is I like to _____(verb) ______(preposition )_____ (noun)
First my serious results:
Hi my name is Full Time Finance. I want to retire by 55. When I retire I plan to travel the world. In order to retire I plan to control my spending. I will do this by sticking to my plan. Today, I have X million saved. (and here you thought I’d let my net worth out of the bag). I work as a Project Manager. I am currently married with two children. One unique thing about me is I like to read a lot about finance.
The Much more entertaining Personal Finance Word Game Approach:
Hi my name is Full Time Finance. I want to retire by Noon. When I retire I plan to Dance the Macarena. In order to retire I plan to rob rich people. I will do this by waving a pointed banana. Today, I have 99 red balloons saved. I sing as a Tenor. I am currently enamored with video games. One unique thing about me is I like to eat a lot of apples and bananas.
Please give the Personal Finance Word Game a try in the comments. For the English teachers in the audience, my apologies if I used a part of speech incorrectly, or really for my grammar in general.