Word Verification – Balderdash (My Thursday Thing)

Ok… I admit it.  I am a comment junkie.  I love – love ♥ LOVE  ♥ to read blogs, the discussions on books, author interviews, bookshelves, great bookish stories and adventures….

but along with loving to comment comes the ever dreaded endless… (dun dun dun dun…scary music)

word verification.

I know it is a necessity…  I get that.  You leave a comment, chances are you going to be word verified.  Yet being a comment junkie… it slows me down.  So to make this a bit more enjoyable… I came up with a plan.

I love word games (not as much as commenting).  To entertain myself and maybe some of you… I decided to share with you a little thing I do while I type in the verification.  I play Balderdash in my head.  Yup.  As I am typing in the word, I think if it was a real word… what would it mean.  Some come easy.  Others…. I really have to stretch the imagination.

balderdashThe definition of Balderdash: An oft used strategy  to elect your own fake definition in an attempt to give it credibility in the minds of your fellow players.

I am going to share a couple with you… and if you like… feel free to play along at home, here or on your own blog.  You can even take the little picture meme I made if you like and use it.  I think this may just be my Thursday thing. 😉

**Note:  These are actual word verifications I have had while posting tonight.

1.  Resthex:  a spell cast on you to help you sleep.

2. Lespat:  Pepe Le Pew having a mild argument

(Maybe they will be better next week when I have a whole week of comment verifications to look at)

Pepe

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Posted on August 7, 2009, in Book Stuff and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 45 Comments.

  1. Too funny, I’m going to have to borrow this and maybe do it on Sundays. I’ll just keep a list. Thanks for the idea, it’s great.

    • Hey Ryan – thanks! This is something I was thinking about posting for awhile but last night the word verification just started hitting right or my mind connected… anyway – thought it might be fun to see what people come up with. 🙂

  2. I just realized you said Thursdays, I guess I’ll do it then too. Otherwise it will thrown the whole rhythm off and then I will go to the dark, infernal place were bad bloggers go 🙂

  3. Haha…. that should be fun!!

  4. Haha..thats a very good idea. I love to comment too, but like word verification is soemtimes a problem. That’s why I love to comment on wordpress blogs. I don’t even have enter my name 🙂 Talk about being lazy…

  5. Ummm….I LOVE IT! I am going to start playing. I already have a Thursday meme, but I guess I will have two now. I just have to remember to write mine down during the week so I have something to say. Otherwise, people are going to see a lot of comments from me every Thursday.

  6. LOL What a great idea! I don’t mind word verification too much, although sometimes I cannot tell what the letters are to save my life.

    • It doesn’t really bother me either, in fact once I decided to post about it… I think I left like ten comments that did not have word verification.

      I agree – some of those are impossible to read… 🙂

  7. Hi Shelia,
    I love your positive attitude and creativity with the word verification. With Blogger a person can actually turn it off if they want, which is what I finally did. I haven’t had any trouble with spammers, yet. So sorry you didn’t get the chance to play Balderdash on my comments! And thanks for stopping by! I appreciate the visit!

  8. Oh that is too funny! I love it!

  9. lol.. you are so funny. I am thinking about taking my word verification off. What do you think?

    • I have heard from some they have no trouble so may be ok to try – you can always put it back on if it is troublesome right?

      Its really not that bad…. just made for a fun post. 🙂

  10. Word verification only bothers me when I have to try 2 or 3 times to get it right!

  11. Good one! Very creative and a great way to pass through the verification process!

  12. One of the benefits of hosting a blog on your own server is that you can avoid using word verification while handling spam comments with the Akismet spam filter. At least with WordPress blogs, anyway.

    • I am trying to decide if I should move to the next level of wordpress or stay where I am. You may be the person to give me advice on that….. 🙂

      Not really sure what all the benefits are – I am not web savy so if I can create my own templates that wont matter as I do not know how anyway 🙂

  13. haha, I remember that game…it’s a blast to play. Hmm, I wonder if my parents still have it!

    See ya next Thursday 🙂

    • I loved balderdash – but I have always been a “wordie” The best ones that people came up with I always kept in the box…. they still crack me up.

      My all time favorite was from a friend of mine, the word was:

      Hipeator: my friends definition was:

      What ever happened to Amelia Earhart.

      To this day I don’t know what hipeator means, but to me it will always be what Heidi said. 🙂

  14. That’s really funny. I’ve gotten words sometimes, and I think there is no way that’s real! 🙂 BTW, we play Balderdash ALL the time. It’s one of the most fun board games ever. That and Apples to Apples.

  15. What a great idea! Hate word verification because it always takes 2-3 tries for it to go through for some reason, but now this will make it fun! Will keep a list. Thanks for the great new meme! 🙂

  16. This is too funny! I’m always going to think of this now whenever I have a word, but that’ll be fun!

  17. These are great! I’ll have to start writing down some of the more interesting ones that I see.

  18. I’m cracking up, here, with all the comments! And I agree with those who like commenting HERE on WordPress, because there’s no WORD VERIFICATION!

    But even worse than word verification…when it comes back, after all that, saying that it cannot be processed! And that’s usually on the Blogger blogs, where I have two blogs and, of course, an account! What’s up with that???

    • There you are Laurel! When I wrote this I thought Laurel is just going to be rolling about this one…

      I dont know what is with the trying to do it a few times. i have had that too and thought it was just me.

  19. That’s hilarious! I’ve long played this sort of game in my head with license plates!

  20. Aw, heck. Here I thought I had an original idea, but, nope. I have a sidebar on my blog which started in June called Word Verification Sniglets. Same idea, but mine is a lonely, little-engine-that-might blog, so it hasn’t exactly gone viral. In fact, it’s getting pretty well ignored. Maybe we’ve been (secretly) quarantined? That’d explain the low traffic in a way that won’t make me want to bang my head against the desk, so that’s what I’m going to tell myself. If you like, take a look at my version. Over on the right, it appears between “Excuses” and “First Lines of Stories I’ve Not Yet Written”. OK, I’m going to go crawl under my bed now.

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