Opportunities for creativity come in many disguises.
A little while ago, a writing friend, Jessica Bell, began posting these quirky, idiosyncratic new definitions of familiar words on twitter and Facebook.
Politics: An involuntary twitch of the top lip only seen on corrupt members of government.
I chimed in with some of my own:
Pantomime – the dance performed when putting on underwear in a public change room.
The exchange went back and forth over a few days until a surprise message arrived in my Inbox.
The gist of it was this: Would you like to write a dictionary with me?
Me: *brief pause* Oh yeah!
And so, Jessica’s Dictionary was conceived. It appeals to our warped sense of humour and our love of playing with words and meaning.
Each day or so we post a new word to twitter with the hash tag #Jessicasdictionary.
One night we had an hysterical conversation making up new definitions with a Greek flavour (Jessica is an Australian living in Greece) with words beginning with “Con-”
Conduct – a Greek who avoided hitting his head.
Conclude – the Greek who finishes first in an exam.
And I heartily recommend following @MsBessieBell and checking out her awesome blog and brilliant books.
Stay tuned in the near future for the release of Jessica’s Dictionary.