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150 Words

by Adam 

Posted: 15 July 2003
Word Count: 150

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What can you say in 150 words? You can attempt to express the ineffable, to challenge the vast ubiquitous void which surrounds us, or even to sing a funny little ditty. Words are essential to human existence, yet somehow too crude, too crass to truly express us. Who are we? Why are we here? Words alone can not offer us the sanctuary of a meaning, an understanding, a brief moment of happiness amid the tumult of life.

Yet, hope is just a word, a word that you've heard in a place not too dissimilar to this, at a time not too far from now. And this is what words are: hope. They are a means of expression, of communication, of identity. Within the spectrum of words lies two warring households: the four-letter words of hate, and the three words of love. Words are universal. Words are us. These are words.

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Shadowgirl at 20:46 on 15 July 2003  Report this post
Hi Adam!

I read this three times, and I think there is probably enough there for me to read still more. Pretty profound thoughts - I mean, words. Guess this is what we are all about on this site - words. This should be on the front page.

I also found it strangely emotional, but perhaps that is just me. Very clever also.

Well done!


Nell at 20:57 on 15 July 2003  Report this post
Hi Adam,

This is beautifully written, thoughtful and perceptive. One thing I noticed was the use of the word 'ditty'. Is not a ditty a song? Possibly this was deliberate, but it stood out a little for me.

Best, Nell.

Adam at 02:01 on 16 July 2003  Report this post
Hi guys!

Thank you very much for your kind comments - I never expected such a reaction. It was only something I wrote rather quickly when a germ of an idea entered my head (I was inspired by the-phone-book.com which has mini stories, the maximum of which is 150 words). I didn't really know what to make of it, so I thought I'd use the forum.

Anyway, thank you once again,


Nell at 11:22 on 16 July 2003  Report this post
Adam - funnily enough I found the-phone-book.com only yesterday - such short fiction is something I'd never have thought of doing, but it looked interesting so I had a go! They actually pay contributors too, altough I'm not quite sure what they do with these shorts (something about radio?) apart from publish them on the site. Still worth a look. Did you submit this piece?

Sarah at 11:36 on 16 July 2003  Report this post
Much food for thought.

Becca at 11:51 on 16 July 2003  Report this post
Much thought is food.

tweed at 13:09 on 16 July 2003  Report this post

Nell at 14:52 on 16 July 2003  Report this post
Hmmm... Tricky things words. I'd always wanted to use the word pabulum.
Now the Oxford Dictionary says: n. Rare. 1. food 2. food for thought.
However, the New Penguin Dictionary says: noun. bland or unsatisfying intellectual matter or entertainment. Latin pabulum food.

How lucky that I never used it in a comment here before checking the Penguin!

Adam at 14:55 on 16 July 2003  Report this post
Food? What? Anyway, words (mmm...) Yes, Nell, I did submit this piece (although I need to correct the mistake you pointed out to me!) I think the phone book.com is designed for phone wap and bored web surfers. It's quite a nice little idea, and I found there's some good stuff on there. It's amazing what effects can be achieved in so few words!

Anyway, cheers,


Nell at 16:01 on 16 July 2003  Report this post
Adam, good luck with it, and thanks for the explanation.

Best, Nell.

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