Posts tagged with "wordplay"

Posted by alice on 12/10/13
Have you ever played Mad Libs?  It's a word game that you've probably played on car trips before.  There's even an app for it that you can download here.  
 
Here's the rundown of how it works...
 
One player prompts another player to give them particular words, specifically words that fall into a part of speech.  Then you fill in these words into a story that has these specific words missing.  You don't know what the story is beforehand, and you definitely have no clue what the story will end up being until you fill in the blanks with the words you provide.
 
Still confused?  Try it out here.
 
It's a fun game that usually has a hilarious outcome!
 
So... let's go ahead and play it!
 

Teen Mad Libs

Wait.. so what's happening?
Throughout the rest of December, we'll be asking you for different words to fill out a story on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  You can answer us/provide your words in the comments on Facebook and Instagram or reply if you're using Twitter.  
 
Why is it called "Teen Mad Libs"?
We'll be filling in blanks from popular Teen/YA novels!  Maybe the fate of your favorite character will take a drastic turn, all because of a crazy word you submitted!
 
When will I be able to see the story?
On Friday of each week, we'll fill in the blanks and post the stories with some of the most hilarious outcomes.
 
Are there any rules?
There's only one rule... Watch your language: That means no swear words or words that may be offensive.  Keep it library appropriate!
 
Ummmm "Parts of Speech"?  Doesn't that mean grammar and stuff?
Why yes, yes it does mean grammar and stuff.  If you need a refresher course on your parts of speech, look below for a really crude description of the parts of speech and tenses.  If you want a more descriptive explanation, click here.
 
Noun: Person, place, or thing
Verb: An action word
Adjective: A word to describe something; modifies a noun
Adverb: Usually ends in -ly; modifies a verb and sometimes adjectives
 
Past Tense: "Walked"
Present Tense: "Walk"
Present Progressive: "Walking"
 
OK, now what?  How do I get started?
Check out our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the different words we're looking for.  Then leave your submissions in the comments or reply with them.
 
May the madness begin!
 
 
 

Posted by alice on 05/14/13
You probably read the title of this post and thought, "What?!" and "Typo?"  Nope, that's not a typo.  Believe it or not, that craziness you see in the title is actually a sentence... and it's grammatically correct!  Crazy right?
 
So what does it all mean?
 
Well the sentence utilizes 3 different uses of the word buffalo.
 
1) This little guy...
 
 
2) This place in New York...
 
 
 
 
3) A verb meaning to bully...
 
So what does it all mean put together?  Honestly, it's pretty difficult to describe.  Something about buffalos in Buffalo being bullied by other buffalos?
 
Check out this link.  They actually explain it a lot better than I do.
 
So yeah, the English language is crazy!  Just wanted to let you all know.

Posted by alice on 06/04/13

Attention all you writers out there!  Ready to get your creative juices flowing?  The Hub wants to challenge you to write an awesome, epic story!  The catch?  It has to be exactly 120 characters: no more, no less.

The Challenge: Write a comedy or horror story that consists of exactly 120 characters.

Requirements: Follow us @HUB500 and tweet it to us with the hashtag #ahmlwriter.  That should leave you 120 characters to write your story!

The Prize: A $20 gift card for AMC Theaters will be awarded to two winners.
  • 1 winner for Best Comedy Story
  • 1 winner for Best Horror Story
 
Submissions accepted from Now - June 30, 2013

Challenge accepted?  Challenge accepted!
 

Posted by alice on 07/09/13
 
Oh my tweet!  We had some great submissions for the Tweet a Tale contest for June.  You ladies and gents did not have much space to write, but you all dared us to read in between the lines and get so much out of just 120 characters!  Kudos to everyone!  BUT... we can only have two winners, folks.
 
Behold... the winning tweets below!  Congrats!
 
For Best Comedy Story
 
For Best Horror Story
 
Want another shot at one of our contests? You're in luck! Check out this Photo Scavenger Hunt that's happening now and win another spectacular prize!
 

Posted by alice on 07/12/13
I had to hijack Alice's account to share the following with all you teen readers out there:
 
Have you ever found yourself searching for the perfect word...and the word just doesn't exist? Especially when talking about books and your reading experiences? Kudos to YALSA Hub blogger Joel Bruns, whose list of YA lit vocab made me laugh but also nod my head and say "yep." Check these out (and start dropping them into your conversations with us in the AHML Hub):
 
Catastrafatigue: the feeling that one more catastrophe-riddled future world is more than you can stand
 
Seqhole: the empty feeling you get when you are waiting for the next book in a series to be released
 
Skimulate: pretending you’ve read a book when, in fact, you skimmed the back cover and maybe a few pages from each chapter. Also: bibliofake.
 
Errorist: person incapable of seeing anything but the weaknesses of every book they read
 
Lust Jacket: cover design that is so awesome you just can’t help but pick up the book. Antonym: bust jacket: a cover that makes you go “ewwww.”
 
Melodramamine: the feeling you get after gorging on drama-filled books
 
Supernaturillogical: when a writer endows a character in a book with special powers that are just ridiculous and/or unbelievable and/or just plain stupid
 
Dittopia: oh boy, another book set in a crumbling future America
 
Zombifad: right now
 
Afictionado: no, I don’t want to read your fan fiction of The Hunger Games from the point of view of Prim’s goat
 
Shock and Awwww: when you are dreading a book, read it anyway, and end up loving it
 
Check out Joel Brun's blog post here!
 
-Mary Ellen