Oulipost #3: Homeboy

Oulipost #3: Definitional Lit: Homeboy

Select a single sentence from a newspaper article. Replace each meaningful word in the text [verb, noun, adjective, adverb] by its dictionary definition.* Repeat this treatment on the resulting sentence, and so on, until you’ve had enough! Note that after only two such treatments with a relatively compact dictionary, even a two-word sentence can produce an accumulation of 57 words.

* the relaxed rules version!


This is my home.

This, the one more recently referred to, is my home.

This, the one more recently referred to,


simply is

my home.

This, the one more recently referred to




A word that occurs at least once in every sentence said by a female,

a familiar or usual setting :  congenial environment –

A word that means something different to each person who uses it. A person’s home can be the place where they live, the place they grew up, or the place where the people they care about live. In the case of some people, home is a variable concept, changing dependent on the placement of another person or object, or a person may even consider his or her own body the only ‘true’ home –

a familiar or usual setting :  congenial environment


Sourced from Contra Costa Times, Bay Area News Group, April 3, 2014

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary

Urban Dictionary


About katemccarrollmoore

Kate Moore’s passion is literacy, and she serves as a mentor teacher and staff developer throughout the greater Bay Area. Kate served three terms as the City of San Ramon's Poet Laureate (2012-2018); she also teaches poetry writing workshops and is an instructor in the Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership (MATL) program at St. Mary’s College of California. She was honored as SRVUSD Teacher of the Year in 2007 and San Ramon Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year in 2009. Kate holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice from California State University, East Bay, an M.A. in Teacher Leadership from St. Mary’s and a B.A. in English Education from SUNY Albany. She and Bob Moore are the proud parents of four beautiful grown daughters, and the smitten grandparents of six beautiful children who fill them with hope for the future.
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4 Responses to Oulipost #3: Homeboy

  1. margo roby says:

    What fun. I like the playing with font size and repetition.

    • eduk8te says:

      Thank you, Margo! I actually played with color too, but I have the free version of WordPress and so I had to revert to black and white. But, it was still fun!

  2. seingraham says:

    Yes, agree with Margo on all counts…like the point you make about how often “is” is used…wild, yes?


  3. eduk8te says:

    Thanks – yes, this is wild and such a wonderfully fun way to approach the day, isn’t it?

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