The Phrase Game
One of my favorite games is to take an old or well-known saying and imagine somebody saying it out of context. Take, for example, “I shudder to think,” as demonstrated in the following fictional conversations:
Jimmy: Do you want to play basketball or ping pong?
Bobby: Oh, I shudder to think.
Jimmy: Okay… Whatever you need to do. But don’t take too long, because I really want to play something.
Carla: What are you doing? I just asked if you knew how to get to the museum.
Janice: Well, I shudder to think.
Carla: Oh, is THAT why you always do that? I wondered…
Oh, the things that go through my head when I’m driving. Always a party up there.