Daily Prompt: For Posterity – Word Problems

Your blog just became a viral sensation. What’s the one post you’d like new readers to see and remember you by? Write that post.

Once upon a time, many years ago, 2009 to be exact, I belonged to a blogging site called Multiply. We were many, most of us refugees from Yahoo 360 which had stopped operating. We were a happy bunch, had a lot of writing groups. We would receive a picture and the exercise was to write something. I think they were my first steps in the writing world. Unfortunately, due to the greed of the owners of Multiply, they went into marketing, disbanded the social side of things and got their just deserts when they went bankrupt. It was then that I eventually chose WordPress as my new blogging home. Unfortunately things look a bit similar here at the moment, but it can only get better.

I had a colleague in Multiply that edited a web magazine called Wisp and she chose two of my pieces for this magazine. I do not know if the magazine still exists. She no longer works for this magazine, but here is a piece that was put into print written by me. At the time the subject choice was quite topical, but I think it still is, so here it is:

Word Problems

Word Problems

“Doctor we have an emergency patient waiting. I have never seen anything like it.”

“I am on my way nurse. Oh no, this looks really bad; strange symptoms. Every time he opens his mouth meaningless words fall out. Hello can you hear me; can you give me an answer to my questions?”

“Doctor I think he is trying but the words are just falling out and taking no sensible form or shape. If only they were making sentences.”

“How did this patient arrive in the hospital nurse.?”

“It seems he was attending a banquet and was going to hold a speech. When he stood up to speak it happened.”

“What happened?”

“I think I can give the information you need doctor”

“Who are you?”

“I am his friend and was with him at the banquet. I saw it happen.”

“Do you know this person very well?”

“Yes doctor, we work together.”

“Can you give me a reason for this to happen? Did he show any symptoms at work during the day.”

“Not really, he seemed to have a heavy cough, but he smokes, so I thought it was due to the habit of smoking. He has been smoking quite heavily lately; more than usual.”

“That is interesting. Is there any reason for the heavier smoking?”

“I think it might be the stress he has in the office. Our directors have been put under pressure lately and it has all become too much. I noticed he coughed up a couple of letters during the day. His speech at the banquet was based on our annual turnover and profits, but the words just came tumbling out making no sense.”

“And now please tell me where he works and what his job is.”

“Oh, I thought you knew –  he is the managing director of our bank.”

“Nurse, just put the patient alone in a room and leave him for a few days. The complaint will cure itself. When he wakes up his bank will not exist any more.”

Daily Prompt: For Posterity – Word Problems

17 thoughts on “Daily Prompt: For Posterity – Word Problems

  1. Pingback: sharing Love candy (for posterity | bohemiangypsy

  2. If you lock me in that room, when I come out, will the world still exist? I am having some reality issues of late. There’s an excess of it. Maybe if I subtract myself, add a dollop of magic, it will come round right?

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    • The world might exist, but I am sure that WordPress would not exist. At the moment I am taking things as they come. I caught a virus and have been sneezing for a week, have a red nose and waves of hot and cold. I succeeded in giving it to Mr. Swiss (I can be very generous). He sneezed so hard that his eye began to bleed internally again, not so bad, but he was at the doctors today, and I am back on the steering wheel of the car. And WordPress think they have problems. I will join you in the room I think.

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  3. Another great post! 😀 By the way, I see that you keep writing posts based on daily prompts, but I never get any on my reader… is everyone else still getting the prompt except me?

    I thought wordpress had stopped giving prompts altogether!

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    • No-one is getting the prompt by e-mail or in the reader. They are old prompts and they do not register. You should put this link in your computer and check on it once a day and if and when there is a prompt it will appear in this grid. This is the only possibilitiy at the moment.
      Daily Prompt

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      • Thank you very much for the link, Mrs. Angloswiss! But this one doesn’t allow ping-backs, does it? It’s a shame we don’t get to see all the posts any more.

        I haven’t written too many posts from the prompts, so most of them may not be repeats for me, but I would still have liked the older way. It was more fun knowing how many people wrote on the same topic as I did.


      • Oh, I see the posts! Looks like only the prompts do not appear in the reader! Otherwise, everything else is the same (except for the old prompts, of course).

        Thank you again for the link! I was thinking that WordPressers had stopped blogging for daily promts altogether!


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