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Baring my claws: my favourite thing

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A pillow cannot be considered a favourite thing unless it is an ideal, amazing, irreplaceable pillow that practically sings you, soothes you and lulls you to sleep. Photo: Getty Images

Favourite things. We all have them, as Gina Barreca explains.

What's your favourite object? Don't overthink the question. Keep it clean and take it seriously: What is the one gadget, gizmo, thing-a-ma-jig or provision that brings you pure joy?

Don't get wiggly devising funny metaphorical answers. (Naturally, grammar jokes are exceptions - when asked to name his favourite object, my pal Mark Germane immediately asked, "Direct or indirect?")

No puns involving "objectification", please. Avoid the obvious: "oxygen", "nutrients", and "water" are assumed. If you think you need a special kind of water, by no means should you explain why.

Also - and this is crucial - no quoting of any lyrics from The Sound of Music. The context for things, even favourite things, changes. That's why "brown paper packages tied up with string" are now more likely to be considered a threat........

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