Friday, September 16, 2011

The Six-Word Memoirs

One might argue that economy in writing necessarily causes meaning to be lost. However, Larry Smith and Rachel Fershleiser have shown that messages can be short on words while deep in meaning. Founders of the online magazine SMITH, they asked the world to send in six-word memoirs. ... Over 15,000 people responded to the challenge. Some notable examples posted on SMITH include these:

  • "My second-grade teacher was right." - Janelle Brown
  • "Secret of life: Marry an Italian." - Nora Ephron
  • "Took scenic route, got in late." - Will Blythe
  • "Became my mother. Please shoot me." - Cynthia Kaplan [April's note: LOL]
  • "It's pretty high. You go first." - Alan Eagle
(From Managerial Communications by Geraldine Hynes)

If you had to write a six-word memoir, what would it be?