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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.

Just in case you have been living under a rock for the last several years, Twitter is a short message social network / communication service. All messages (known as tweets) on the service need to be under 140 characters, including private messages.

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 to be a valid tweet — hence the "whoa"...

The title text, "title-text similarly alphabetized", is also backwards-alphabetized and self-referential.


[A man sits at his computer desk, motioning toward the screen as a woman stands behind him.]

Man: 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 the man has his arm down.]

Woman: Yeah. Writers working under tight restrictions produce novel material -- like, for example, epigrams employing backward alphabetization.

[The man remains at his computer desk. The woman is no longer in the frame.]

Man: ...whoa.

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Sometimes, seventeen

Syllables are not enough

To just express a Davidy22[talk] 08:25, 21 January 2013 (UTC)

But sometimes they are!

I rewrote your third line as

"To express a thought." -- 21:35, 1 November 2013 (UTC)

"Whoa." is also an example, but one word examples are particularly easy! --DrMath 06:17, 7 September 2013 (UTC)

I can't see the image... what's wrong with it ? --KoundelitchNico (talk) 14:26, 25 February 2014 (UTC)
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