Friday, January 18, 2008

2007 Lyttle Lytton winners announced

The Lyttle Lytton contest for sublimely bad opening sentences (and which I greatly prefer to its better known but long-winded and less witty counterpart), has announced its 2007 winners.

Your mileage may vary, but here are my picks of the best:

The king of ketchups was being dethroned, and I wanted an explanation.


MacGyver had grown old.

Also, kudos to the Lyttle Lytton organizers for including actual published sentences among their winners. It takes some talent to fabricate a bad first sentence on purpose; it takes a special kind of genius to do it without trying.

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