I love my love with an S because he is superb.

One more word game post, with regard to:

“I Love My Love …”

A Victorian alphabet game for two or more players. Starting with A and taking turns letter by letter, you do thusly: “I love my love with an [A] because she [or he, obviously, whatever you please] is [amorous]. I hate her with an [A] because she is [anachronistic]. She eats [apples]. Her name is [Alexia]. She lives in [Alexandria] with [an alligator] and [an architect].”

You can agree in advance to add, alter, or remove any phrases/components of the little ditty, as long as everyone goes through every letter in the same way. TheĀ Victoria and Albert Museum‘s Museum of Childhood website offers the version of the game that appeared in “‘The Girls Own Book’ by Mrs Child, 1864.” Mrs. Child advised the form: “I love my love with a [letter] because he is [adjective--or noun, in a pinch ("because he is a Xylographer")]. I hate him with a [letter] because he is [adjective--or noun, in a pinch]. He took me to the sign of the [noun], and treated me to [food] and [food]. His name is [name], and he comes from [place].”

Eric just can’t get behind this game, but I rather like it. Maybe Noah will play it with me soon …

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  1. Lara
    Posted 22 February 2012 at 12:52 PM | Permalink

    The version I know is “A my Name is Alice” — “A my name is Alice, I come from Alabama, my husband’s name is Andrew, and we sell apples.” And you keep a rhythm by patting your lap and clapping, and if you don’t think of something within the rhythm, you are “out.” I played it for hours on long car rides with my siblings. And there is a fabulous, feminist musical named after it. (Which I also recommend. The title song is a really, really funny ’70s feminist version of the game.)

    • Molly
      Posted 22 February 2012 at 7:51 PM | Permalink

      I had no idea the musical existed! How awesome.

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