Dictionary Stories

Very short stories composed of example sentences from various dictionaries.

All stories based on ‘Macquarie Dictionary’—

In the Beginning

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth, artisanal cheeses, the bleakness of winter, morse code, deviled eggs, erogenous zones, the feeling of fullness you acquire from eating brown rice, gendered occupations, healthy competition, copyright infringement, cherries jubilee, kicky high-heeled boots, lite beer, misshapen fruit, nonsense poetry, oral hygiene, postmodernist theory, quaint country cottages, roller hockey, scented soap, acid trips, unbridled lust, vegetative spores, whitewater rafting, xenophobia, young love, and zippy new sedans. Then he dried up and Phil couldn’t get another word out of him. 

My True Love Gave to Me

Twelve labours of Hercules,
Eleven gallons of diesel,
Ten head of cattle,
Nine breeding pairs of birds, 
Eight Mbytes of memory,
Six months of unclouded happiness,
Five venturous young men,
Four slices of bread, 
Three spoons of sugar, 
Two fundamentally different concepts of democracy, 
And a sin in the eyes of God.

Underlined words are those responsible for each example sentence.