Tuesday, April 6, 2021

No "E"? No Problem!

Here's a challenge for you: try writing an entire blog post without using the letter "E." Theoretically, it shouldn't be that difficult, because E is only found in 11% of all English words. The people who figured that out looked at the Oxford English Dictionary to get that.

Of course, how many words in the OED do you use on a given basis? My guess is not a large percentage, and I'll bet that most of those words contain an E. Here's an easier challenge: write a sentence only with words that don't contain an E.

Winston Churchill once said "Short words are better than long words, and short words that are old words are the best of all." Limiting yourself only to words that don't contain an E gives you the opportunity to explore some old, short words that you might have forgotten. Give it a try!

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Susan Sanderson said...

I seem to remember doing that writing challenge once. I'll have to look for the result. Today E is needed.

Frewin55 said...

I would love to do this challenge but time is closing in what with writing posts, new chapters for the book, commenting and replying to comments, working at my job and pacifying my partner for spending so much time at the computer.
Here's today's offering

nashvillecats2 said...

I love the Challenge..... was on the first one.
Yes "E" is a most popular letter in the English language.
Enjoy the rest of the challenge.

Srivalli Rekha said...

This sounds cool. I'm going to try. ;)
Today's post:

Molly of Molly’s Canopy said...

E is for Edgar Allen Poe and the weeping willow tree.

Crackerberries said...

Howdy, today's challenge sounds a bit....challenging. I think I might be up for it. I will have to see what I can come up with. In the meantime you can certainly check out how I'm Examining Faults and I'll be back tomorrow to see what we can do about them. I'll also be trying to scavenger hunt out some of the words on the list. How are you guys doing at that?

Frédérique - Quilting Patchwork Appliqué said...

Georges Perec, a French writter, wrote a entire novel without E (La Disparition), 300 pages ;)
I will try to do it too, but just for this today's post (yeah, no E!)
Sorry for the E in my post ;)) : Quilting Patchwork & Appliqué

Dino said...

My brain is too frazzled for that!

My post for today:

Anne M Bray said...

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E is for Embroidery:

The E Shoe:

Wendy said...

I managed a few sentences here:

but I also have an E post:

Gonz said...

No "E"? Oh my, that sounds particularly difficult today, hehehe

I'm not sure I'd be able to get away with it, but in the meantime, I'll leave you with Embercleave, a mighty sword.

Cathy Kennedy said...

Join me on Curious as a Cathy for today's Looney Tunes Art Sketch of Elmer Fudd! Happy A2Zing, my friends!

Pooja Priyamvada said...

Eh! You are raising the bar every day

Pooja Priyamvada said...

Here from atoz

Jayashree (pagesfromjayashree) said...

Trudy said...

No E? I might try that challenge sometimes.

Today's post: Movies reflect human needs: Empathy

Trudy @ Reel Focus

Crackerberries said...

Fellow comrades I keep forgetting to add the hashtag to my posts, dang it. Would you please help me out with this and Can You Find What’s Missing?
I would be happy for you to play along.

Lisa said...

I am very surprised to read that about E. Whenever I do a cryptogram, the second thing I look for is a repeating three letter word to be "the" and if the E replacement is used a lot, I use E. It's usually correct. The first thing is a single letter. A or I. If there are lots of it, it's more likely to be A than I.

Janet said...

Leave it to you to figure out something like this, John! here's my "E"
Janet’s Smiles

Unknown said...

Tried out the diamante poetry form today -

2 gators said...

My post today is about the (Bald) Eagle

J-Dub said...

Hmmm. I’m up for it!

I got a T shirt. Light gray one. Fast arrival too.

Weekends in Maine said...

Intriguing challenge. I think my blog post would have to be a short one. Weekends In Maine

kaykuala said...

It is E for Enhanced Psychedelics


Trees Of Cochin said...

that's interesting. Oops already 2 Es + another and +1. I wrote abt the elm like leaves ..

Slogans, Catch lines Tag lines said...

So far so good! my blog posting is on ad slogans, catch lines and tag lines. have so far over 700 posts !
This time my ( fourth) April challenge from Melbourne is on more border theme on Advertising, Brand Management and Marketing.
Well thought will check on other blogs after Easter.
All the best to all who are participating!
Ravi Sivaram- Slogansmith

Alice Gerard said...

I did it and found it difficult. Had to find synonyms. So much eeeeeeeeeeee.

Ronel Janse van Vuuren said...

I'm getting a headache just thinking of trying to write without using an e!

Ronel visiting for the A-Z Challenge with an A-Z of Faerie: Elementals

Pr@Gun said...

Writing an entire blog post without using better Eis impossible. this seems to be the most useful vowel. But will try writing a paragraph for sure.

My post for the Alphabet "E" for #AtoZchallenge