1045: Constraints

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==Explanation==
 
==Explanation==
An {{w|epigram}} is a brief, interesting, usually memorable and sometimes surprising or satirical statement. {{w|Constrained writing}} is an age-old literary phenomenon, where writers impose rules or patterns in their works. ({{w|Haiku}} is a well known example.)
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An {{w|epigram}} is a brief, interesting, usually memorable and sometimes surprising or satirical statement. {{w|Constrained writing}} is an age-old literary phenomenon, where writers impose rules or patterns in their works. {{w|Haiku}} is a well known example of this.
  
Just in case you have been living under a rock for the last several years, {{w|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.
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{{w|Twitter}} is a short message social network and communication service. All messages (known as tweets) on the service need to be under 140 characters. Until August 2015 even private messages had that restriction. Twitter 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 {{w|self-reference}}, while being short enough (136 characters) to be a valid tweet — hence the "whoa"...  
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All the words spoken by [[Megan]], from "Yeah" to "alphabetization", are in reverse alphabetical order. Here are the starting letters (with extra letter when more than one word in a row begins with the same letter):
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:Y, Wr, Wo, U, T, R, P, N, M, L, F, Ex, Ep, Em, B, A.
  
The title text, "title-text similarly alphabetized", is also backwards-alphabetized and self-referential.
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It both answers [[Cueball]]'s question and exemplifies with an ingenious {{w|self-reference}}, while being short enough (133 characters) to be a valid tweet — hence the "whoa."
  
== Transcript ==
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The title text, "title-text similarly alphabetized", is also backwards-alphabetized and self-referential. Starting letters:
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:Ti, Te, S, A.
  
:[Cueball sits at his computer desk, motioning toward the screen as Megan stands behind him.]
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==Transcript==
: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?
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:[Cueball sits in an office chair at his computer desk, motioning toward the screen with a hand as Megan stands behind him.]
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: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?  
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:Cueball: Is there something they ''like'' about the 140-character format?
  
:[Same picture, only Cueball has his arm down.]
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:[Same picture but in a frame-less panel, except Cueball has taken his arm down.]
:Megan: Yeah. Writers working under tight restrictions produce novel material — like, for example, epigrams employing backward alphabetization.
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: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.]
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:[A slim panel with only Cueball at his computer desk shown.]
:Cueball: ...whoa.
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:Cueball: ...Whoa.
  
 
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Latest revision as of 06:54, 1 March 2017

Constraints
[title-text similarly alphabetized]
Title text: [title-text similarly alphabetized]

[edit] Explanation

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. Until August 2015 even private messages had that restriction. Twitter 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. Here are the starting letters (with extra letter when more than one word in a row begins with the same letter):

Y, Wr, Wo, U, T, R, P, N, M, L, F, Ex, Ep, Em, B, A.

It both answers Cueball's question and exemplifies with an ingenious self-reference, while being short enough (133 characters) to be a valid tweet — hence the "whoa."

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

Ti, Te, S, A.

[edit] Transcript

[Cueball sits in an office chair at his computer desk, motioning toward the screen with a hand 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?
Cueball: Is there something they like about the 140-character format?
[Same picture but in a frame-less panel, except Cueball has taken his arm down.]
Megan: Yeah. Writers working under tight restrictions produce novel material—like, for example, epigrams employing backward alphabetization.
[A slim panel with only Cueball at his computer desk shown.]
Cueball: ...Whoa.


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Discussion

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." --108.162.216.45 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)

I just don't find the alphabetization thing to be all that impressive. Everything is written like that. Am I missing something about the very concept? (C comes before O, then jump back to the start, N, back to the start, C, E, P and T.) (I just don't find: I J U back to start S T back to start D O back to start N T back to start F I N back to start D) (Epigrams employing: G N back to start I Y back to start O back to start L P back to start M back to start E back to start S back to start M back to start A R back to start G I P back to start E) 108.162.242.5 02:00, 26 October 2014 (UTC)

Words wholly taken (not letters individually) do come backward alphabetized. --173.245.62.74 12:56, 28 October 2014 (UTC)
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