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100-word challenge

10:17 UK time, Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Imagine you're back at school and this is your task.

Using the form below, write something interesting using only words from the list of the 100 most commonly used words in English.

The subject, inspiration and execution is entirely your choice. It could be an instruction to an England footballer or a precocious toddler thinking aloud.

The rankings of words come from the Oxford English Corpus of more than a billion written words.

Now turn over your exam papers and start.


  • Comment number 1.

    They think its all over, it his now

  • Comment number 2.

    Some people would give up but I think I can say most of us can work with this in time. It can take a year or two to be good as good as this.

  • Comment number 3.

    In time, there will be good people because it’s only after time that other people get to be good.

    ?? :-)

  • Comment number 4.

    So what? Like, you know. I can say what I want.

  • Comment number 5.

    When there is a will, there is a way.

    We all have to think about others, because if we do good, we will be first!

  • Comment number 6.

    To be of any use i could make this, because most if not all of you know that this will work.

  • Comment number 7.

    To be, or not to be..

  • Comment number 8.

    Now look! Just because you work all year, it would not be good to think you are first out of all people. You can make it when you are good to all and they will like you and be good to you. You can not take back from them, but you can give your most and you will get it all back.

  • Comment number 9.

    I want you back, I want you back, I want you back for good.

  • Comment number 10.

    Do as I say, not as I do

  • Comment number 11.

    Most of us would not look back. I know that you do not want to think it is over. But, just because you know him so well, what good could come out it? Who is this about? Is it only one of you, or two of you, that you think of?

    You want no other way - you want him now, but you do not want to think of the way it could work. Think of how it would be now, with him. Can you go that way this time? Come on.

    Think way back, a year or two in time, and any of us could see that the new people, like me, were there for you. Not him. We were up and about with you first, when he was not. Why? Because, he will not get it. I say, if you could see what we see in you, how you two look - you would know why it is over with him. All of this is just over.

    I, for one, will be with you - if you want. As you think what to do, know that you can also come to me now, or some other day. I will be there, now and after.

  • Comment number 12.

    "Will you be my one and only?" She could see him think it over.
    "I need some time first, because most people think I work so hard for you. They
    would say we could be with other people we know. Give me a day, at
    "I just want you!"
    "Then come over here; I just want you as well."

  • Comment number 13.

    This could take all day. Most of us just do not have the time.

  • Comment number 14.

    Give us this day, or not. Most work because only good people do, so up and out as they say. When can we make time for this? Think it over this year, but come back after two. I have a will and a way. Do you? Know your look. Be the one to do him in; no, just him. There would be two if not for that. So what? I go when I can. For my good, I come first. Well, be that way. Get on with it, then. Go for it; for one good day. I can and will.

  • Comment number 15.

    This comment has been referred for further consideration. Explain.

  • Comment number 16.

    For "the good one" so like the "all of us" that he give his "he from him" that who would come back to him will not "its all over" but will work well for all time.

  • Comment number 17.

    I would like to have a go at this, but I can not do so at this time because I think that other people want me to work now, and I do not have a good way to get out of that. So if I get into it now then it will just make me look like I want to be up to no good. I think I will just have to get back to you all at some other time of day, and make the most of it then. If you do not think that way, then you will just have to take it up with these other people, but for now I do have to go or they will get me back for it in some way.

  • Comment number 18.

    This comment has been referred for further consideration. Explain.

  • Comment number 19.


    Come on, will you?
    No way.
    Just get on with it!
    I think not.
    It will be over in no time at all.
    I can see that!
    It could do you some good, you know?
    But other people would see us!
    We could go over there if you like.
    I just do not know what has come over you. Why would you want me to do that?
    Why not?
    Because, you know what they say, no good would come of it.
    People only say that when they want a go as well! Will you think it over?
    Well....will you look the other way?
    No, I will not! Look, I give up - I just have no time for this.
    Get over it!
    You know I will.
    Is that what you think?
    It is.
    Good. See you, then!
    No........come back!
    [But they do not come back]
    Well, I was not even into her. Some people just do not what is good for them!

  • Comment number 20.


    "If you can have your person when all about you go out of theirs and say it’s you, you can have all, and all in it and, also, you will be a he."

  • Comment number 21.

    to be or not to be

  • Comment number 22.

    I managed to produce a 'monologue' using 90 of the words without repeats...

    I would just like to know: will he go see if any, other than me, can get them there first for their people? Only then could we make do with, think about and look into it because, as you say, when they come up, one or two of our new ways also work well, even now, after all these years... on a good day! Who? She wants time? So what? Give her some by taking him back over! That is how most have...but not us! Which? This? No use?

    The remaining 10 words are: an at from his in its my out the your - any ideas?

  • Comment number 23.

    Day by day all you do is look back over time and think.
    Be now, live now!

  • Comment number 24.

    Think back - how at first our work would go well. Could people want any other time than that?
    Look it over and think, because the day - the year - that most of these people would go back to is that time.

  • Comment number 25.

    So, take one and one=two
    But two and two?
    We need to know after two!

  • Comment number 26.

    (Here's one in honour of a regular MM feature.)

    Look! "How To Say!" - good!

  • Comment number 27.

    Would you know it, people have to think.

  • Comment number 28.

    Now then, now then, now then...

  • Comment number 29.

    You can say no, but I will say what I want because I can

  • Comment number 30.


    First get your back into it and do not give up because this could make this year a good year.

    Then think about a one two to make to him, or him, or any other but do not go back. Do not even think about it! Then go over there in no time. That is how in this day most would do it, now you also can do this.

    Also you all know this will give the people what they like to see.

  • Comment number 31.

    This could be your year. Think in a day what most people do. If we all get out and about, in no time, we could do good work.

  • Comment number 32.

    If I could have some time to think then I would come up with a good one but this time I think it will not work.

  • Comment number 33.

    Who would get some good out of that? Think about it, would you. You can say all you want.

  • Comment number 34.

    What do you want, you say, when I see him and say that I like him. I say I want him but it will not work. Like most people, I want what I can not have. And I know that I can not have him. And what I can have, I do not want. I could have a year with you, but I do not want you. He will make me like new. With him I could do what I want. With you we would be like all other people. So you go your way. I do not want you.

  • Comment number 35.

    People think that work is the only way to do some good.

  • Comment number 36.

    The following uses only (and all of) the 100 words outlined:

    Think back to when you could see people as not just “them”. Most of us will think about our first year of work because of this: Back then you would get on well with even the no-good, who would use you and then look the other way any time you would say “me”. Come to think of it, other than one or two people, all of us can be like that at some time or other. Over and over!

    In my day, most people would have no time for you, so I know how they can be. So what if we make time for him or her and give them what they want – after all, your day? Only a day. But their day? No way! Not even at an after-work, work ‘do’ or any time from now - all the way into the new year! So you get up and go, by which time he or she could not only have his or her work over with and well on its way, but also - there would now be time in which to see you! These people just take, take, take.

  • Comment number 37.

    What benefits employees more than employee benefits? A payrise, that's what!

  • Comment number 38.

    When people have some work to do
    They first will think, “Well, then, who?”
    So then or there about
    They will look to back out
    And want to give it all to you

  • Comment number 39.

    (After the limerick, a haiku:)

    It is over now.
    So what will she take from him?
    Well, all that she can!


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