Nice Threads

To relieve boredom and monotony, some call centre employees play a game among themselves, in which they come up with a list of words or phrases that they have to insert into the call, in a manner that is as seamless and relevant as possible.

I was thinking a similar sort of game could be played on comment threads. You get given a phrase, and you have to use it in the course of the unfolding discussion. The point would be to use your skills of argumentation to divert the course of discussion in a reasonable fashion toward the point where you get the opportunity to use your phrase: blurting it out willy-nilly would not be allowed. It might be argued that this is an unethical use of comment threads, but let’s face it, most comment threads either peter out because there is nothing much else to say, or because they begin to access territory that only those endowed with sufficient qualities of masochism and self-importance are inclined to chart.

For those of you bored on the internet, here’s today’s phrase:

‘It is pretty clear from your comments that you’ve never had a Doberman poisoned by the Brits’.

If I get the time, I will give this a bash, and post the link here.

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9 Responses to “Nice Threads”


  1. 1 coc February 5, 2009 at 11:55 am

    Some of us are supposed to be working, you know?

  2. 2 Hugh Green February 5, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    Yes, I should have said: don’t let your efforts here get in the way of saving the country from disaster.

  3. 3 copernicus February 5, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    coc made a good start when he brought up “Traitor’s Gate” yesterday. He should be on there even now delivering the above counterblast.

  4. 4 Hugh Green February 5, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    Well all I can say to that, copernicus, is that it is pretty clear from your comments that you’ve never had a Doberman poisoned by the Brits.

    I had a busy day.

  5. 6 Mark Waters February 6, 2009 at 10:07 am

    And here was me wondering if it was cheaper to take my pets across the border for their shots? Although I’ve heard the vets ‘up there’ have a special price for us Mexicans. Why would that be?

    I know it’s not in the spirit of saving the country from disaster but…

  6. 7 coc February 6, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Ha ha!

    Mark Waters is it? I wonder are you any relation to Jean des Eaux?

    Jean has also being playing Hugh’s game. Today’s challenge was to work the preposterous sentence “No Saoi of Aosdána, and not even the great George Orwell, could make this stuff up.” into his weekly column.

    I’m sure you’ll all agree his cack-handed efforts are even more feeble and absurd than yours and Hugh’s Dobermanical subterfuge.

  7. 8 Mark Waters February 6, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    I guess that would depend on your definition of ‘this’, John.

    No relation but I never tire of that question.


  1. 1 De Omnibus Dobermandum « Most Sincerely Folks Trackback on February 6, 2009 at 1:38 pm

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