English has thousands of words from many languages. Other languages can have plays on words, but they can’t rival English for playing with words.
Standing in the cold watching the does eat during milking as most of them are dry is boring. Playing with words occupies the mind and lets the goats get away with little tricks which they don’t mind.
Dandy wether debates whether or not a wether should go out in rainy weather.
Homonyms are fun. English has lots of them.
Alpines align alertly.
Alliteration and tongue twisters are old favorites. The challenge was to come up with one for each letter of the alphabet.
Some were easy. C is for caprine. D is for doe. G is for goat. T is for Toggenberg.
Others were real challenges. Yet something worked for all the letters except one. No, it’s not Z or Q or J. I am missing R.
Now goats are ruminants and do have rumens, but these don’t seem to lend themselves to anything light-hearted using alliteration or homonyms or even tongue twisters. Perhaps there is some other topic? I need some ideas.
Playing with words gave me 26 pages doubled when illustrations are added. This seemed awfully short so I added some flash fiction about a kid.
The illustrations are another challenge. I’m working on the sketches. It’s tempting to make them rich, elaborate affairs. I’m not that good.
Tongue twisters and alliterative passages are simple word plays. The illustrations should match. They will be ink brush stroke done mostly in black ink but some color. After all, goats are in color.
I still think of this little book as The Goat Alphabet Book, but it doesn’t really fit anymore. Buried somewhere in this little book is a title. I haven’t found it yet.
And to think that this all started because English has so many words with so many beautiful sounds and playing with words can be such fun.