Answer all thirty-five questions using only one word. It’s harder than it looks. Give it a try on your blog.
An interesting challenge. A provocative proposition. The particpants I read (the first two I saw, plus this third one) had come up with some fantastic single-word responses.
The problem? The posts, and apparently the meme, are entitled “Monosyllabic.” In spite of this, I witnessed a large number of polysyllabic words. Shocking, shocking. As someone who spends portions of her professional time finding syllables, hunting them down and tracking them in the wild, I felt it my duty to round up some bonafide monosyllables of my own.
1. Where is your cell phone? bag
2. Relationship? yes
3. Your hair? brown
4. Work? sounds
5. Your sister? cool
6. Your favorite thing? sleep
7. Your dream last night? strange
8. Your favorite drink? ale
9. Your dream car? Peel’s
10. The room you’re in? den
11. Your shoes? docs
12. Your fears? war
13. What do you want to be in 10 years? prof
14. Who did you hang out with this weekend? Phoebs
15. What you’re not good at? hate
16. Muffin? please!
17. One of your wish list items? trip
18. Where you grew up? earth
19. The last thing you did? work
20. What are you wearing? pants
21. What aren’t you wearing? socks
22. Your pet? gone
23. Your computer? mac
24. Your life? whole
25. Your mood? calm
26. Missing? Red
27. What are you thinking about right now? words
28. Your car? gray
29. Your kitchen? mess
30. Your summer? short
31. Your favorite color? blue
32. When is the last time you laughed? noon
33. Last time you cried? days
34. School? grad
35. Love? John
There we go. 35 monosyllables that are more-or-less true responses. Another challenging task would be to come up with monomorphemic responses to those same questions. Or to come up with 35 questions, the answers to which could all be pants.
A view of a production of the polysyllabic monosyllabic, displayed in Praat, with approximate syllabification into 5 syllables marked. (No commitment to the affiliation of potentially ambisyllabic consonants intended.)