Title text: [title-text similarly alphabetized]
An epigram is a brief, interesting, usually memorable and sometimes surprising or satirical statement. Constrained writing is an age-old literary phenomenon, where writers impose rules or patterns in their works. Haiku is a well known example of this.
Twitter is a short message social network and communication service. All messages (known as tweets) on the service need to be under 140 characters, including private messages. It is frequently used by well-known comedians as a place to make interesting jokes and observations.
All the words spoken by Megan, from "Yeah" to "alphabetization", are in reverse alphabetical order. It both answers Cueball's question and exemplifies with an ingenious self-reference, while being short enough (136 characters) to be a valid tweet — hence the "whoa."
The title text, "title-text similarly alphabetized", is also backwards-alphabetized and self-referential.
- [Cueball sits at his computer desk, motioning toward the screen as Megan stands behind him.]
- Cueball: I don't get why authors and comedians spend so much energy trying to be clever on Twitter. Couldn't they put that creativity into more books and scripts? Is there something they like about the 140-character format?
- [Same picture, only Cueball has his arm down.]
- Megan: Yeah. Writers working under tight restrictions produce novel material — like, for example, epigrams employing backward alphabetization.
- [Cueball remains at his computer desk. Megan is no longer in the frame.]
- Cueball: ...Whoa.