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Published December 17th 2014
Quick word games played for fun in a global community
Who's up for a word game? No scoring, no voting, no pressure, just fun. Every day on Twitter, people across the world are logging on to play the free word games hosted by enthusiasts. The games are identified by their hashtag names. Prompts, themes and key words spawn twitter fiction, poetry, anecdotes and puns. All you need to participate is a Twitter account and a talent for brevity since Tweets must be no more than 140 characters.
Artwiculate's web site where the word of the day is displayed in addition to the Twitter feed. (Image: Artwiculate.com)
Dave Pickering (@goosefat101) posts a daily theme and players tweet accordingly, including #ThePush in the Tweet.
If the theme is 'crunch', your response might be:
He loves thecrunchof peanut brittle. He never eats it. He is a dentist happy with a Christmas trade upturn, capping broken teeth. #ThePush
ThePush began as a daily prompt by Dave Pickering to inspire his partner Jenny Adamthwaite and has since been shared with and enjoyed by many.
#ohj Paul Nadolny @oddlystarry sets a daily two word prompt. The challenge is to use both words in your Tweet, although nobody minds if you only use one. Sometimes a bonus challenge is issued, such as write your Tweet without using the letter m.
If today's words were trail and spectre, your response might be:
The boys took a short cut home along the dark foresttrail. They thought themselves brave but ran screaming when thespectreappeared. #ohj
OHJ, an Oddly Haunted Journey, began as a one month game in the run up to Halloween of 2011. It continues today with a different theme assigned to each month. In December of 2014 OHJ refers to an Oddly Hot-Blooded Journey. Read more about #ohj on Paul Nadolny's blog, A Perendinator's Musings.
Paul Nadolny's daily #ohj Twitter word game prompt. (Image: Twitter.com)
#lqw Loqwacious (@loqwacious) tweets a daily word prompt with a link to its definition in The Free Dictionary.
If today's word was Bluey, your response might be:
Blueywas a champion dog
who kept the sheep at bay
but trolls attacked his daily blog
and now he's run away #lqw
Loqwacious was created as a no points alternative to Artwiculate which at that time operated a voting system based on a combination of retweets on Twitter and votes on the website. Artwiculate removed the voting system after controversy about how points were amassed.
Loqwacious #lqw daily word game prompt. (Image: Twitter.com)
Jocelyn Rish (@jocelynrish) tweets a daily challenge based around words not in common use. Jocelyn provides a helpful definition.
Jocelyn, a writer and film maker, posts a weekly summary of her own #15tt tweets on her blog 'Tweet Tales.'
Artwiculate (@artwiculate) also sets prompts based on words not in common use. The prompt is displayed on their web page as well as their Twitter account.
Artwiculate was designed by Atto Partners in 2009 as an experimental user friendly literacy learning game.
Kim (@kimmiechem2) tweets a photo prompt most weeks. The Twitter feed for #kimmiepic suggests a greater appeal to poets than it does to story or comedic responses but these are nonetheless, welcome.
Photo prompts for the #kimmepic word game. (Image: Twitter.com)