It’s Drabble, Jim, But Not As We Know It…

“You cannot write a funny drabble. One hundred words is just too limiting.”

“Great. And thanks to you I’ve only got seventy nine. Wait! I mean seventy-nine.”

“There’s a difference?”

“My word processor reckons anything separated by a hyphen is a single word.”


“Yep. You can claw even more back if you slip in an apostrophe. Metaphorically speaking. You’d never find an apostrophe large enough to actually slip in and they’re way stickier than you’d think.”

“You’ve lost me.”

She is the cat’s mother. Five words. She’s the cat’s-mother. Three words.”

“Sneaky. How many left?”

“Three. So-best-I-make-sure-all-funny-bits-are-now-separated-by-hyphens-but-not-a-full-stop-otherwise-all-bets-are-off.”




Header Image: “A Multi-Wavelength View of Radio Galaxy Hercules A” by NASA, ESA, S. Baum and C. O’Dea (RIT), R. Perley and W. Cotton (NRAO/AUI/NSF), and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) – Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons –

9 thoughts on “It’s Drabble, Jim, But Not As We Know It…

    • Wow Ronnie – that’s overachieving. Period. Best I got was a comma-ndation.

      My folks always said they wanted to study punctuation and produce a white paper on the relative merits of writing accuracy in the under tens but that parent-thesis came to a full-stop when my brother was born.


  1. You-can-guess-the-way-I-read-the-last-three-words-yes-exactly-like-a-robot-that-can-see-you’re-doing-it-too-but-perhaps-not-on-those-words-but-definitely-before-the-“see-you’re-doing-it-too”–part-right?

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