In a review on collective writing projects published today in Globe and Mail, Verbotomy is described as “the most entertaining” and as “a word-invention game of the sort you’ll find in quality publications”.
The review which appears in an article titled “Wikibook = Wikibomb” was written by Tivor Tossell, a columnist who writes for “Seven” the weekly entertainment review published by the Globe and Mail, Canada’s National Newspaper.
Tossell does an analysis of several online collective projects including A Million Penguins by Penguin Books, Portrayl.com, Glypho.com, Ficlets.com, and Verbotomy. The print article features a screen shot of the Verbotomy website with the caption: “Verbotomy.com succeeds because it only ask writers to invent a single word.” After reviewing the each of the other collective writing projects, Tossell concludes with his take on Verbotomy:
Which knocks us down to the lowest rung on the ladder, which, as it happens, is the most entertaining: getting together to make up words. At Verbotomy.com, users play a word-invention game of the sort you’ll find in quality publications. Every weekday, artist and programmer James Gang posts an illustrated definition; players compete to invent a word to describe it. Most of the results are puns and most of the puns are terrible, which, being puns, only makes them better.
To wit: A third wheel, invited to stay by a couple despite manifest awkwardness, is a “matecrasher.” Emotional frustration at e-mail being returned to sender is “emailaise.” Feeling disappointment at a stupid mistake is to be “blunderstruck.” Think you can do worse? Step right up.
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