Wordplay Thursday #48



Hey, ya’ll! At the bottom of today’s post, I’m going to let you know about some free stuff I’m giving away to all of you great Man vs. Row subscribers. Now, on to today’s post…

Here’s a writing prompt for you. It’s a simple fill-in-the-blank. You can use one word or several. Feel free to get as crazy, genre-appropriate, or as imaginative as you want. The point is to get the creative juices flowing. And it’s a good thing to dig deeper, so don’t stop at the first idea that hits you. Try coming up with at least five things.

“His nerves were as fried as ____________.”

I’ll give you an example to get you started:

“His nerves were as fried as catfish at a country buffet.”

I’d love to hear what you come up with, so please share in the comments. Oh, and please keep your posts below an R-rating. It’s a family show, after all!


Thanks to Debbie, Jeff Green, Michael Flanigan, Debbie Convoy, Barney Coulter, Ronnie Jones, Joseph Lekkas, Willa Thompson, Jerry Childers, Amy, and Matt Martoccio for your great additions to Wordplay Thursday #47 (read it here)! Great job!


As a way to say “thank you” to all of you who subscribe to Man vs. Row by email, I’m going to give away some cool stuff in July (2014). If you subscribe to MvR, I’ll send you a free report, “10 Things The Pro Knows.” I’ll also send you the guitar/vocal of “Crickets,” which is the title track of Joe Nichols’ current album. You’ll get to hear the song as Joe heard it when he decided to record it. You’ll also receive the lyric file of the song- and this lyric file includes “Baxter’s Boneyard” – all the lines that DIDN’T make it into the song (see if you agree with our choices). It’s something nobody else has seen, and I think it’s pretty cool. But, again, this gift is only for those who subscribe to Man vs. Row by E-MAIL. These gifts will be sent by email, so if I don’t have your email address, I can’t send it to you. God Bless!


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27 thoughts on “Wordplay Thursday #48”

  1. “His nerves were as fried as…”

    “Uncle Billy’s brain when he got back from ‘Nam.”

    “a rattlesnake egg on the hot Texas blacktop.”

    “day old dumplins at the China Buffet.”

    “a Death Valley hippie on a forty year high.”

    “a thin strip of bacon on a fresh tarred roof.”

  2. His nerves were as fried as an old electric socket
    His nerves were as fried as eggs on a hot skillet
    His nerves were as fried as eggs on hot asphalt
    His nerves were as fried as grandma’s chicken
    His nerves were as fried as that old lady at the pool that stays out in the sun too long and looks like leather.
    His nerves were as fried as bare feet on asphalt at a strip-mall parking lot
    His nerves were as fried as that food at the “hot bar” at the grocery store that’s been sitting under a heat lamp for 8 hours.

  3. His nerves were as fried as….
    – Sunday afternoon chicken.
    – a students brain during finals.
    – campfire eggs.
    – frog legs jumping out of a skillet.
    – day old bacon.

  4. How do I see the responses these people gave to wordplay? When I click on the link below it takes me to the previous wordplay request.

    1. The responses should be in the comments way down at the bottom. If they aren’t there, there try clicking on “comments” up at the top of the post (on the website- I don’t think that button shows up if you’re looking at it o a mobile device). Good luck!
      God bless,

  5. “His nerves were as fried as a first time Daddy”

    “His nerves were as fried as an Alabama family reunion dinner”

    “His nerves were as fried as an ant under a kids magnifying glass”

    “His nerves were as fried as food at a July fair”

    “His nerves were as fried as his neck is red”

  6. Superman on Krypton
    a bad day at the beauty salon
    A permanent wave gone wrong
    a burned-out hippie mind
    a circuit board after a lightning strike
    french fries left in the vat too long
    grease at a McDonalds franchise
    the bottom of and old fryin’ pan

  7. His nerves were as fried as a student’s come finals time, as those of someone in a panic attack, as a groom’s waiting at the altar, as a 10 year old’s at the free throw line, his when he met her dad on prom night

  8. Brent – I signed up for your Group Skype session July 10, but I’m not sure I typed my Skype name in the right spot.

    My Skype name is janetgoodman1


  9. His nerves were as fried as they could be.
    His nerves were as fried as the burnt end of her cigarette.
    His nerves were as fried as her hair.
    His nerves were as fried as an egg on asphalt.
    His nerves were as fried as his swagger was stifled.

      1. hi..still just me, Debbie. I added the 74 like my twitter page after seeing another Debbie has come on board too ! Have a great inspirational kind of day! ~d

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