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April 18, 2017

April A-Z : Missing 'O'

O : the 15th letter of the modern English alphabet
— The Free Dictionary

If the letter 'O' is missing from the alphabet, how would you write? I thought it would be fun to try and write without the letter 'O.'

My example:
  • I like reading, writing and drawing.
  • My best features are my eyes which are a shade deeper than a penny but lighter than a black eyed susans' center.
  • My nickname is rain seeker, well, that is quite untrue, here and there, I am the sunshine seeker.

This sounds pretty easy, right? I challenge you to write 3 sentences about yourself without using the letter 'O.'

To visit other participants in the April A-Z Challenge, go here


  1. This exercise reminds me of the Gilmore Girls episode, when the members of the Life and Death Brigade at Yale spent an entire evening avoiding all words with the letter E. And there was a group of poets and writers in the Ouliplo group who liked experimenting with constraints like this. Georges Perec wrote a whole novel, A Void, without the letter E. The whole "constrained writing" practice they used is pretty interesting. Here's more about them: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oulipo

    And please come say hello! http://laurelgarver.blogspot.com/2017/04/o-optimism.html

    1. I haven't seen that episode but I can think how that can be funny.

      constrained writing can be a good practice, I like the challenge but only now and then.

      have a lovely day.

  2. Challenge Accepted! Here goes...
    I was an equestrian in my teens--had an animal named Nebraska.
    I'm in my sixties--I can't remember the exact number.
    I'm married to my best friend, and have been these past three plus decades (41 years).

    Gail Park

    Making Life an Art

    1. your third sentences has an 'o' in 'Im married to..."

      it's quite difficult write without 'O' because we are so used to using it and don't know. I know I had trouble when I wrote my 3 sentences, it's hard not to use 'to' and 'of'... 41 years - that is wow!

      thanks for your visit, have a lovely day.

  3. haha! Great idea! Amusing seeing a "skipped letter" in the A-Z challenge! :)

    P.S. You're right! It is harder to skip "o" words than you would think! :)

  4. My three sentences:
    Hi, my name is Tamara. I live in Switzerland. I like writing.
    I also l*ve c*ffee and ch*c*late, hahaha! You're right, the letter O is quite important!

    1. I guess there's no replacement words for coffee, is there? the black stuff, maybe? chocolate - well, there's just no substitute word because, well, chocolate.

      thanks for trying the challenge, have a lovely day.

  5. Ooh this is a fun activity! Let me try it out:

    1. My name is Pikakshi Manchanda.
    2. I am a researcher, having recently finished my PhD and I like writing!
    3. These days I am spending free time at my parents' place, writing, reading and eating!

    There.. done :) It was hard though!!

    Oooops! I read it again! -- Re-visiting books that we love!

    Readers of the Night

    1. you did a good job. when you are used to using all the alphabets, of course it's hard but replacing words that you usually used does take some time.

      thanks for stopping by, have a lovely day.

  6. a fun challenge, well done.
    I enjoy finding treasures on the earth.
    When it rains, I pause and watch.
    Trees are mighty beings.

    Ok, so not so hard, but one must think about it. Look at how many 'o's are in these two lines! So glad we have 'O'.

    1. yes, we really do need 'O' more than we thought. in fact, when I make my sentences, I have to replace words that I've alway used, can't say books with all the 'o's.

      have a lovely day.

  7. I'll take the challenge!


    Oh my. That was tough.

  8. A guy wrote a book -- 50,000 words, so no small feat -- that didn't contain a single letter "E."

    True story. The book wasn't true, it was fiction, but my story here is true. He really wrote it.

  9. Challenge accepted!

    I read. I feed animals. I send emails.

    That about sums up my life in three sentences.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. very good, I give you an A. it's rather hard if you try writing longer sentences.

      have a lovely day.

  10. I accept the challenge. Here goes -

    I reside in Durban, a city in the eastern area near the sea - in S.Africa
    Reading is my drug.
    That was difficult!!

    Your theme is wonderful.
    (Did I make it?)
    Writer In Transit

    1. you didn't spell out South Africa but I'll allow that. no penalty for though, considering it's a bit hard.

      thanks for stopping by, have a lovely day.


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