It’s time for me to reveal what I’ll be writing about for this year’s A to Z Challenge.
I really had a hard time coming up with a theme for this year that would be as exciting as the last several themes have been. Three years ago, it was portmanteaus; two years ago, words that started and ended with the same letter; and last year, words that started with the letter of the day and ended with the next letter. All of those have one thing in common: they all started out as Jeopardy! categories.
Well, the categories on this year’s shows haven’t been as interesting as in years past, so I thought, and thought some more, and remembered that Jeopardy! will often have a category with words of a certain length. And, as luck would have it, I found a website called Best Word List that had alphabetical lists of words of different lengths. So, all I had to do was pick a word length, and I’d be golden. I started with nine-letter words, and noticed that a lot of them were plurals that ended in “S.” And I had this year’s theme!
Now, occasionally the word will be a proper name, and in others two or more words which together have eight letters. Those are usually situations where I thought of a better word (or words) for the letter after I chose one. Only one word is a plural formed by adding an “S” to the end of a seven-letter word.
So, that’s my theme this year. What do you think?