Daily Prompt: Twenty-Five

There are 26 letters in the English language, and we need every single one of them. Want proof? Choose a letter and write a blog post without using it. (Feeling really brave? Make it a vowel!)

I’ve heard of this game before, where you avoid using a particular letter.

From what I remember, I saw this in the now defunct “Gilmore Girls.” Rory was infiltrating the “Life and Death Brigade” and this was one of their activities. The letter they were avoiding was “e.” That sounded both difficult and fun.

Some years later, I was requested to come up with a game for a party. I wanted something unusual. I would’ve used the school’s Xerox machine but that would also mean I’d have to shell out my own money for the meantime, which I didn’t have much. So I scrapped that idea. My other plans involved creating a virtual zoo—complete with animal sounds—but even I didn’t find it enticing.

Then that “Life and Death Brigade” game came to me. I Googled it.

Formally, it is called Lipogram. It has been employed since the days of Iliad and Odyssey; from short verses to whole novels, it has made literary pieces quite more interesting, to say the least.

As I was about to propose that idea, I just remembered: this was to happen after the exams. Who wants to strain the brain some more, especially during a party? That was it then, the last time I came across the term.

Until tonight.

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