Thursday, March 17, 2011

Cassy's Corner - A Word Game--Come and Play

Today I thought we do something a little different. Years ago my father and I invented a word game that so far has been a 35 year ongoing competition. It continues. Out of no where one of us will start the game, the other one always knew it was "time to play." He is far more word-wise than I, so if I ever score a victory I gloat for at least an hour.

So here I'm inviting you to join us. It can be a lot of fun. I'm giving you the gist, the rules and then a few examples. After that I'll list five challenges. I'll be back later in the day with the answers.

We have some great "wordies" on this blog. I have high expectations. Plus, you might give me material to beat my dad the next time around.


The game is called the "Para Game." You offer a pair of terms or things that could come in twos and your opponent turns it into one word that begins with "para." The "para" word will be singular because is formed from a pair or two of something. The word you form is a totally new word and has nothing to do with the pair you offered up. NO, it's not confusing when you see a few examples.

Your job has two parts. Try and figure it out and post your responses. Some are very easy on purpose so you get the game. Second, you need to post one, two,or how many of your own. Put the answer either in your posting or tease us and come back to the blog a little later and find out if anyone figured it out. Running to the Internet is illegal!

As the day goes on, I'll post some more and see what you think. So check back often to see if other folks can guess your clues and you can discover the new ones.

So, some examples:
20 cents= paradigm
2 physicians= paradox
2 flippers you wear when you snorkel= paraffin

Got the idea?

Okay, here are few I'll throw out to you. Let me hear what you think.

2 state cops
2 horses
2 cubes used for games
The work of 2 EMTs
2 swinging weapons with a cord in the middle and weights on the ends

Game on!


michal scott said...

2 state cops - paratroops
2 cubes used for games - paradise

Still scratching my head on the others, but I'll keep thinking. : )

Toni Lea Andrews said...

Word games! Squeeeeeee!

Cops – Tricky one. Paralegals?
Horses could be paramount(s). Or, if it was two Canadian policemen, it could be paramounties. Sorry, couldn’t help it.
Cubes have to be Paradise.
Are the EMTs Paramedics, or is that too obvious?
Are the swinging weapons parabola? I LOVE this game.

Some more...

Two oxen: Parables
Two guns: Parachutes
Two charts: Paragraphs
Two falsehoods: Paralyze
Two fields in England: Paramours
Two kitties: Parapets
Two sentence fragments: Paraphrases

Okay, I’ll stop, I’ll stop!

Oh, heck, one more: Two people who are seriously ticked off: Paranoid

Kari Lee Townsend said...

Oh my Lord, it's too early to be that creative. I'll be back after more coffee :-))

Kari Lee Townsend said...

Oh my Lord, it's too early to be that creative. I'll be back after I've had more coffee :-)


LOL I just thought

Implants - parafunbags!

Snort...see I need more coffee, ha ha.

Cassy Pickard said...

Great start Michal. Right with those two!! I'll be posting the answers later plus some new ones. Feel free to post some of your own!

Cassy Pickard said...

Toni!! You are fantastic! Keep 'em coming. I'm going to make a private list so I can beat my dad! But the two cops is wrong and the EMTs is wrong. BUT I LOVE the ones you posted!! Thanks for joining us.

kristan higgins said...

2 untruths
2 charts
2 places
2 unwinding threads

Fun, Cassy! Addictive, too!

Lindsay said...

It's to early to think Cassy.

Cassy Pickard said...

Okay, Kristan, I know the first one is paralyze. But, truthfully I'm going to have to think about the following ones. I knew you and Toni were naturals at this! Thanks for stopping by.

Cassy Pickard said...

Oh, Kristan, the 2 charts is a paragraph!

Cassy Pickard said...

Kari: I'd know you'd be the one to start making up new words! Oh, why not? Drink your coffee, girl.

Cassy Pickard said...

Toni: Most people don't get parabola!! Way to go.

Kari Lee Townsend said...

LOL sorry...I couldn't resist.

Lindsay said...

Toni Lee- wouldn't 2 oxen be a paradox not parables.

Lindsay said...

2 eagles (bald or otherwise)-paralegal

Cassy Pickard said...

Great,Lindsay! See, it's not too early for you. Anyone finish the last of Kristan's?

Toni: the EMT one is parade- unless someone wants to better that! Go for it.

Lindsay said...

That's after 5 cups of coffee

Marilyn said...

Two kids not from Lake Woebegone.

Cassy Pickard said...

Oh, Marilyn, you have me stumped. Folks, help out here.

Lindsay said...

2 bells-parangs
2 places-parasites
2 docks-Paraguays
2 fins-paraffins
Sorry but that's it and I know 2 docks is a stretch.

Rochelle Staab said...

I love word games!
2 Alabama Slammers on a bar.

Cassy Pickard said...

Way to go, Lindsay!

Cassy Pickard said...

I had promised to post additional ones, but I think you've all got me covered. Keep bringing 'em on, I'm loving this!

Terry Shames said...

Funny, I'm terrible at this, but got parabolas right away. Go figure. Fun game.

Marilyn said...

In Lake Woebegone, all the children are above average. So two kids NOT from Lake Woebegone would be average or . . .

Nina Pierce said...

2 explosions
2 dogs (or cats)

But wouldn't you run out of words after awhile.

I love word games. We do similiar things with our kids.

Cassy Pickard said...

Good ones here. Okay, folks, anyone want to chime in on the last few submissions?

Anita Clenney said...

Very cute game! Loved reading the answers.

Cassy Pickard said...

Thanks, everyone, for stopping by. I enjoyed the day. Just a little something different. Stop by tomorrow for more with Kari leading the show.

Kat Sheridan said...

Two kids not from Lake Wobegone = paranormal.

Kat Sheridan said...

Two cats or dogs = parapet

Kat Sheridan said...

And my own offering: Two lovers

Hallie Ephron said...

Didn't see this until first thing the NEXT morning - I love word games and this one's a trip... and great FOR a trip. I won't be able to write about being paranoid with a straight face any longer.