A Facebook friend put me on to this game, which I recommend to all parents (or anyone who’s ever required to entertain primary school age children, and has no moral objection to forcing the children to entertain them instead). Ask children to complete well-known sayings. The point is not to test whether the children know the sayings, but to pick ones they don’t know and see what they come up with. The resulting mix of surrealism and accidental wisdom is wonderful. Here are some of M&P’s best efforts, all of which I promise were completely unaided other than by supplying the first half of the saying:
Don’t put all your eggs in one… chicken (M).
All roads lead to… other roads (P).
Too many cooks spoil the… kitchen (M).
A rolling stone gathers no… dust (M).
A rolling stone gathers no… nuts (P).
It takes all sorts to make a… mess (P).
It takes all sorts to make a… party (M).
There’s no time like… dinner time (P).
Practise what you… don’t know yet (M).
Don’t teach your grandmother to… do cartwheels (P).
All work and no play makes Jack… run away (M).
Genius is 1% inspiration and 99%… guessing (M).
Half a loaf is better than… an electric shock (P – ???).
Those who can’t learn from history are doomed to… be history (M).
To let the cat out of… the cat flap (P).
Too many chiefs and not enough… advisers (M).
To pour oil on… fish and chips (M).
To pour oil on… a gate that doesn’t open properly (P).
The bigger they are, the harder they… are to beat (P).
In the kingdom of the blind the one-eyed man is… not welcome (M).
In the kingdom of the blind the one-eyed man is… not seeing very well (P).