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Thursday, September 20, 2007

World Series of Taboo

To put it quite simply, I am a Taboo genius. For anyone unfamiliar with Taboo, it's an incredibly fun and addictive party game where one person tries to get his/her teammates to guess a word or phrase while NOT using certain helpful words. I've played this game a lot, and I'm a really good clue giver and also a really good guesser.

And after today, I feel like there should be some venue for me to win large amounts of cash and fabulous prizes with my great guessing ability.

While reading the chapter about the water cycle with my afternoon class, we started discussing one of the vocabulary words -- precipitation. Precipitation is water that falls from the sky in the form of rain, snow, hail, or sleet. The kids didn't know what hail was, so I explained it to them.

Later, while the kids were busy making a little water cycle representation, one of the girls called me over to ask me about something.

"What's that big circle in the sky?" was her leadoff.

"Um, the sun??" I ventured.

"No," she replied. "You know, that big circle in the sky!"

"The moon???"

"No, it kind of spins," she offered helpfully.

Perplexed, I asked, "Is this something that is always in the sky? It's always there?"

"It kind of spins," she reiterated, not so helpfully this time. "I think it starts with an H. Not hailstones... not hailstones..."


"Yeah!!! That's it! Hurricane!!"

And that was that.

I hereby declare myself Master of the Taboo Universe.


Anonymous said...

In high school I'd played enough times with variations of the same group of people that we eventually got to the point where all we had to say was "the one we can never get" and someone would shout out "Walter Cronkite!" Anytime a newbie joined in, they were really impressed for a short time... :)

Mike in Texas said...

Dude, I totally ROCK at Taboo!

The problem for me is, every time we play it I'm stuck with my buddy as a partner (our wives insist we play Manscum vs Feminazis) and he's totally terrible at it. He thinks every clue is leading to boobs.

Chance said...

You are indeed the Taboo genius. Those were not adequate clues, frankly.

By the way, love the blog.

Mrs. T said...

I, too am a Taboo master. Although, being female, wouldn't I actually be a mistress?
You could teach ESL- I always felt like my whole day was a big game of Taboo.
Sometimes I play it with my Spanish classes- all in Spanish.

Jules said...

I LOVE Taboo!!

A few years ago a bunch of friends were playing with an English guy, and when it was his turn, he kept exclaiming, LASSOO! LASSOO! I don't remember what the clue was for, but we laughed so hard.

The year before last, I bought the Taboo for Kids, but they can never play right. Even after all the other kids explain it for the eighth time, the clue giver always says the word. Sigh.

Anonymous said...

Wait....I'm the Taboo master. We'll need to play a game to see who walks away with title.