Leslie, part of our ABC Wednesday team, posted this on Facebook. I’m lazy enough to stretch it into a whole blog post.
“The last name game: Use the first letter of your last name to answer each of the following questions. They have to be real places, names, things, nothing made up.”
1. Last name? Green.
2. An animal? Giraffe. I could have gone with one of these, but it was the first thing I thought of.
3. A boy’s name: George. The obvious choice, other names notwithstanding. My wife and daughter’s distant relative is Prince George of Cambridge. Plus, for some sort of linguistic reason, it is the name I’m most often mistakenly called.
4. A girl’s name: Gina. First name that came to mind, as opposed to these.
5. An occupation?: Ghostwriter. I think I could do that. Here are other options.
6. A color? Green. I suppose I could have gone with gray. Actually, I couldn’t.
7. Something you wear? Glasses, because I do. I almost went with gloves, which I also wear a good deal of the time. Or galoshes, which I think is a funny word. Some other choices.
8. A beverage? Green tea. Since I don’t like gin, all my obvious choices had two words – ginger ale (drink it when I’m sick), grape juice (reminds me of Communion), grapefruit juice (drank in lieu of orange juice in the 1970s). More ideas.
9. A food? Green grapes. Grapefruit, graham crackers, and green beans were contenders. Other options, though adding “grilled” to food I think is a bit of a cheat.
10. Something found in bathroom? Germs. Literally the only thing that came to mind. Hadn’t thought of these.
11. A place? Greenland. There are, of course, tons of these, so I limited the list to countries. I first thought of Greece, but settled for my homeland. Here are other countries.
12. A reason you’re late? Gridlock. Again, my first consideration. From this roster, the best ones start with the word “got” … a flat tire, in an accident.
13. Something you shout? Gadzooks. Seriously, the initial thing that came to mind, and there are plenty on this list that I have said far more often, including gosh, groovy, go away, get out, get away from me, goal, golly, Gesundheit, and good grief.
14. Something you hate? Greed. Didn’t find a list I liked. Gossip is another option. I suppose the universe of G things might apply.
15. A band? Green Day. There are lots of them, and Genesis, the first book in the Bible, actually came first to mind. Or the Go-Go’s, who I saw perform a few decades ago. Or something from this compendium. But let’s pretend that I’m as GREEN obsessed as I feign to be.
A song from those three groups, the ones I most associate with each group: