Free association is a well known psychoanalytic tool. Telephone* is a well known party game. Let's blend them into a silly communal bloggy game used to while away the precious minutes of our lives.
It will go something like this:
- I will give the first word.
- The initial respondent will read it and then (free-associatively) write the first word that pops into his or her head in the comments section.
- The next respondent will read that word and then (free-associatively) write the first word that pops into his or her head in the comments section.
- And so on...
And now we start with:
* Until I'd read that Wikipedia entry, I'd never heard of its alternate names: Chinese Whispers or Arab Phone. (That last one sounds like it's going to get you placed on some Cheney-decreed black-ops watch list.) Had You?
** Would you expect me to choose anything else?
*** That's the phrase—if my memory hasn't gone all jumbley on me—that my grandfather would proclaim immediately after saying grace: "We attack!", more or less a Francophonic "Dig in!"