• current nerd alert challenge •
Enter the current challenge for a chance to win a custom critter illustration, limited edition print -AND- permanent residency in the NERD HERD Hall of Fame!
• last month's challenge winner •
INDUCTION DATE: August 2014
CHALLENGE ENTERED: Latin Binomials
WINNING SUBMISSION: Turdus maximus
SPECIES NAME: Elena Lopez
• nerd herd hall of fame •
Submitted by Elena Lopez
Submitted by Laura Grant
WHY IT WON:
Um, hello - Turdus? Does this really require further explanation? If so, I default to a quote by last month's winner, Laura Grant:
GEOGRAPHIC RANGE: Most frequently sighted peeking out from her native cubicle habitat in the vicinity of Denver, CO, or anywhere that free food is offered.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Bespectacled biped with no notable color markings, unless exposed to the sun for any amount of time. During mating season, recognized most notably by impressive cleavage displays.
FOOD HABITS: Sugarvore
SPECIES NAME: Laura Grant
SEPT/OCT 2014 NERD ALERT CHALLENGE: I've GOAT a Fever...
…and the only cure is more Caprinae.
For those of you unfamiliar with the term Caprinae, all you really need to know is that it’s a subfamily of the even-toed hoofed animals that are commonly referred to as the caprids. This includes both the domestic sheep and the domestic goat, but for the purpose of this challenge, we only care about one thing...GOATS.
Why only goats? Well, it’s because I’m hosting my Open Studio tour at the Mountain Flower Goat Dairy in Boulder Cotober 4, 5, 11 & 12 and I’m so pumped to be sharing art space with a herd of sassy lactating ruminants that I thought it only prudent to propagate my enthusiasm by way of this month’s NERD ALERT Challenge. If you’d like more information on attending October’s Open Studio/Goat Farm Tour, please click here.
Otherwise, read on for the details of this month’s challenge...
Time to dust off the old Merriam-Webster and brush up on those literary devices we were somehow expected to commit to memory in high school because I am tasking you with an exercise in creative writing that WILL NOT CHUPACABRA (Chupacabra = Suck Goat en español mis amigos).
What I’m looking for are cultural references to goats in the form of puns, idiomatic expressions, limericks, and other humorous arrangements of word play that you and I desperately want to see illustrated. As always, the winner will receive a custom illustration based on their submission, a limited edition print of their choice -AND- a coveted spot in the NERD HERD Hall of Fame.
One last thing to remember, and I will hold each and every one of you to this: Sheep ARE NOT Goats! Even I am guilty of confusing the two, but they are vastly different creatures with completely different sets of terminology. For example, female sheep are called ewes, but lady goats are called does.
For a quick primer check out Separating the Sheep from the Goats. However, sheep-goat hybrid references will be accepted because “chimera” is such a cool word.
I’ve compiled a short list of commonly used literary devices for you to reference when submitting your entries, but if your saucy idea doesn't quite fit one of those categories, then for the love of Pan, hoof it on over to me in the "Other" category.
Challenge ends on October 17, 2014, (deadline has been extended because I'm running a wee bit behind this week,) so good luck and goat speed!
GEOGRAPHIC RANGE: Boulder, CO
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Semi aquatic vertebrate commonly found along the rushing unpolluted waters of the mountainous west while bobbing for its stream dwelling prey. Seasonal plumage fluctuates, but is almost always observed in a high wasted rubber pant apparatus and utilitarian multi-pocketed breastplate device.
FOOD HABITS: Nomnivore
-------------------------------INDUCTION DATE: August 2014
CHALLENGE ENTERED: Latin Binomials
WINNING SUBMISSION: Turdus migratorius
• COMMONLY USED LITERARY DEVICES •
ALLITERATION: words are used in quick succession and begin with letters belonging to the same sound group.
Ex. Granny Get your Goat.
EUPHEMISM: used to refer to the literary practice of using a comparatively milder or less abrasive form of a negative description instead of its original, unsympathetic form.
Ex. Sheep go to Heaven, Goats Go to Hell.
IDIOMATIC EXPRESSION: a type of informal saying that has a meaning different from the meaning of the words in the expression.
Ex. Don’t let them get your goat.
MALAPROPISM: the mistaken use of a word in place of a similar-sounding one, often with unintentionally amusing effect.
Ex. I’ve GOAT a Fever.
ONOMATOPOEIA: refers to sound words whose pronunciation to the actual sound they represent.
Ex. That nanny goat has been a Baa-aaa-aa-D girl.
PUN: a word used in a manner to suggest two or more possible meanings. The trick is to make the reader have an “ah!” moment and discover 2 or more meanings.
Ex. This unpasteurized goat’s milk is udderly delicioius.
"Poop humor, my friend. Gotta give the people what they want. And the people have spoken: more poop."