TAH DAH! And the winner is
The challenge: to write a 100-word paragraph with words of only one syllable but without repeating any words.
Marilyn vos Savant's favorite was a poem by Pam Capps, Celebration, Florida:
I love carbs, but they don't like me;
Look at my thighs, so all can see---
A curse that comes from too much pie,
Snack cakes, sweet tea, ham on rye.
Go to gym four times per week,
Dance class twice, stay with beat,
Bend knees, side step, back once more,
Hang tough, fall down, hit the floor.
Jump rope, biker hard, swim ten laps,
Push up, pull back, walk real fast.
Lean, mean shape and abs of steel,
Less food in, needs good strong will.
Now, for you, this tale is done;
Look out, bake shop, here we come!
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The 100-Word, One Syllable Paragraph Contest
Readers were asked to write a 100-word paragraph using words of only one syllable, but without repeating any words. More than 7000 readers submitted entries, and many noted that writing such a paragraph was way tougher than they had thought! The most popular subjects were dogs and cats and the beauty of nature. The most common disqualifying mistake was repeating words, but we weren't fussy when entries had just a couple of oopsies. We also didn't care about the length of the paragraph, as long as it was almost 100 words or more.
Read all the winning entries.
#1 Pam Capps of Celebration, Fla.
#2 Robert Leisure at the Roxbury Correctional Institution in Hagerstown, Md.
#3 Susan Sciacca of Haworth, N.J.
#4 Marlene Condron of Fort Wayne, Ind.
#5 (tie) Cliff Springs of Lexington, S.C.
#5 (tie) Cheryl Kayes of Raleigh, N.C.
#7 Laurie Mulert of King George, Va.
#8 Jane McKenzie of Taneytown, Md.
#9 Marcia Poland of Chesapeake Beach, Md.
Special Award for Really Awful Shakespeare
Consolation Award for a Bad Day at the Beach
And the Weirdest of Them All
Does any A2Ker recognize their entry?