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Brian T. Murphy
June 28, 2012
A trio of pestiferous rodentia, of the family Muridae, genus Mus, all equally afflicted with extreme
visual impairment: observe their locomotion at high velocity! This afore-mentioned triad pursued the
domestic partner of the agricultural worker, who responded in a retaliatory fashion by removing their
posterior appendages utilizing a large kitchen implement intended to dismember prepared animals
preparatory to consumption. Has such an extraordinary spectacle ever heretofore intruded itself upon
your ocular organs?
.: Select a nursery rhyme other than “Three Blind Mice” (see, for example, “Mother Goose Nursery
Rhymes” at http://www.zelo.com/family/nursery/index.asp) and rewrite it using three different levels of
diction. That is, one version should be colloquial, as if you are telling a story to a friend; the second
should use formal, standard English, as if for a college teacher; the third should be as pretentious as
possible, and use ridiculously exaggerated diction, as in the example above.
You may, as I have above, skip repetition or nonsense phrases and merely retell the basic story
presented. However, you should not change the meaning or the order of the original.
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Colloquial (informal) version:
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Standard (formal) version:
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Pretentious (stuffy) version:
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