Here's something that made me smile in Mark Sanderson's column in the Telegraph. He's commenting on linguist David Crystal's new book Words, Words, Words which, he says "... provides many astonishing examples of lexical ingenuity".
How, for instance, does one tell the story of the Book of Genesis with words only beginning with the letter 'A'? A magazine called Word Ways came up with an answer: 'Adam and alert associate, agreeably accommodated, aptly achieved accord and amiability - ample ambrosias available, and arbors alone adequate against ambient airs. Ah auspicious artlessness! Adversity and affliction attacked appallingly, as avowed antagonists, Adonai, almighty Author, announced, and Apollyon, archangel-adder, asserted. "Avoid apples and abide amid abundance," admonished Adonai. "Admire apples and acquire acumen," advised Apollyon. Alas! Apollyon attained ascendancy. Ancestor Adam's attractive associate ate, arch and alluring against an antinomian apple-tree. Adam ate also, amoral although aware.'Okay - here's your challenge, then. (To rouse yourself out of your long public holiday stupor!) Rewrite a well known story using only words that begin with a single letter of the alphabet. You're such an inventive lot, I've no doubt at all you'll find a way. And I'm sure I can find a prize for the best.