Congratulations to Lee Jackson from New Zealand for winning our inaugural competition! We had some fantastic entries using "sheer" and "shear" in a sentence but Lee's entry was the standout:
- "Sitting on her heavy buttocks, short legs thrust forward, Barbara relaxes and closes her eyes in anticipation as the stylist begins to shear her thick, white curly locks."
- "The last of her beautiful curls falls to the floor and Barbara opens her eyes to stare through the planked door, amazed at the sheer volume of fellow sheep, who, like her, have longed for this haircut all summer."
Lee has won a copy of the popular vocabulary-improvement software Ultimate Vocabulary. Well done Lee! We will email you soon.
Honourable mentions also go to:
Wendy Arman: "Superb shearer, Shaun, had shorn all of the flock bar one surely unsheepish looking sheep. With a surly, curly lip, and squinty, glinty eye, the sheep swiftly dodged Shaun's snatching grasp and leaped out of the chute to freedom, baaaaing gleefully with sheer and unshorn joy."
Diana Donato (Australia) (Troy's personal favourite): "As I watched the sweating man with his bulging, rippling muscles shear the sheep, I was filled with sheer elation that soon it would be over and I would be happily in his arms rather than the terrified beasties."
Jennifer Schofield (UK): "That dress is very sheer, I better go and shear some sheep to cover you up and preserve your modesty!"
Susan Willshee (UK): "Sexy Susie loved wearing sheer stockings. Although they would have looked much better if she had sheared her legs first!" and "Bringing bald sheep to the shearing contest was just sheer nonsense."
Diana Ozelis (Australia): "The sheer quality of the fleece was indeed indulgent, only fully realised once it had been removed from the mammoths body by shear, an enormous task undertaken so skilfully by the dwarf."
Inderjeet Deusi (Kenya): "It was sheer genius when Mary used her Epilady to shear a sheep in under 2 minutes. The professional shearers were red faced."
Don't worry if you missed out this time. A new competition is coming soon!
Win a copy of the popular vocabulary-building software Ultimate Vocabulary!*
For your chance to win this popular software, simply:
- Here's an example of the sort of thing we're after:
Ericka loved to shear lambs. Shearing filled her with sheer joy. But you can write something much cleverer and funnier than this, we're sure!
- Both words (SHEAR and SHEER) have several meanings, you can choose whichever definitions you'd like to illustrate.
Entries close 11.59pm, 31 May 2011. By entering, you agree to the competition's Official Rules. Good luck!
*Denise and I recommend only products that we have tried and tested. These include Ultimate Vocabulary. We have agreed to receive a commission from some sales of Ultimate Vocabulary because we are happy to endorse that software.
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