A kitten’s growl
A kitten’s growl would not come near the plights of your spoken voice.
You are a banana moon subverting the sun.
Your ear-splitting sequels have a mind of their own.
Demonize your sofa. It will lend forth more peanuts between the cushions.
The tiny sounds of ancient bees resound forth from the forrested coercions between your toes.
The above sentences were generated by the The Surrealist Compliment Generator. They look a bit like things that emerged from a game some friends and I devised involving going around the group saying one word each and trying to connect the words into sentences.
The SCG also throws up surrealist compliments in other languages occasionally. For example:
- Mano a mano, le tue ossiflexe, si starnubbano nel brondio.
- Votre regard est plus penetrant qu’une stalagmite sertie dans son antre d’albatre
- Heizenmizstenwerner ut mal die westernmoviefurter und glipzenglagenheimer zieden un der witzelwaltzerfloggen…
Coming up with surrealist sentences like this in languages you’re learning could be a fun way to practise using them.
The OED defines surrealism as:
“A movement in art and literature seeking to express the subconscious mind by any of a number of different techniques, including the irrational juxtaposition of realistic images, the creation of mysterious symbols, and automatism; art or literature produced by or reminiscent of this movement.”
The word surrealism comes from the French surréalisme, which was coined by Guillaume Apollinaire in 1917.