Utter Nonsense card game a hit with family

If you have a young child, you know anything that involves nonsense and silliness is popular. Throw in poop and farts and you have a winner.

Utter Nonsense Family Edition. Courtesy: Utter Nonsense

This is why my ten-year-old says she loves the new card game Utter Nonsense, which asks players to pair funny phrases with even funnier accents. “You don’t have to be good at accents and the combinations don’t need to make sense,” the directions on the box state. 

The rules suggest you have everyone say a phrase in the same accent, and a judge determines the winner. However, my family has only three people and we all wanted to play, so we voted for each other.

We came up with a new spin where one person says a mystery accent and the other players have to guess what that accent is. That’s a little hard because the accents range widely.

For example, there are: regional dialects (Cowboy, Valley Girl); famous people (Arnold Schwarzenegger); types of people (Grandma, Grumpy Old Man, News Anchor); super strange (Hula Hoop, Animal); physical conditions (Out of Breath, Stuffy Nose, Pooping); and so much more. As you’d expect, actual language accents are included as well (Italian, French.)

The box has 50 accent cards and 450 phrase cards. An example of the phrases: “You’d marry young too if your last name was Cattywampus.” “I’m sorry I cleaned the toilet with your toothbrush.” “The 100th day of school is 100% annoying.”

Courtesy: Utter Nonsense

It’s cute, and it’s clear the creators have a great sense of humor. We got the family edition (there’s a “Naughty” version which is R rated) and had a good time. It’s fun if you like accents, improv, and goofiness!

Co-creator Shannon Swindle. Courtesy: Utter Nonsense
Co-creator Tim Swindle. Courtesy: Utter Nonsense

More at http://www.utternonsensegame.com/about.

Age Range: 8 + Years
MSRP: $24.99
Available at https://www.target.com/p/utter-nonsense-family-board-game/-/A-52137387.

See the creators, Chicago siblings Tim and Shannon Swindle, play the game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMUIBdaGI7s.

Diane Ako

Peace of mind By Diane Ako I like to reflect on life. Sometimes it’s philosophically. Sometimes it’s humorously. For all its beauty, life is far too difficult a journey to take alone. You need the support and connection with others to help carry you along the way. Writing brings me that connection– within and without. It clarifies my thoughts and feelings. It helps me reach out to others for advice, wisdom, or feedback. Your thoughts become your actions. Your actions become you. A wise yogi- Patanjali- said, “Speak what is true. Speak what is pleasant.” Let’s speak of things pleasant to one another and seek some peace of mind along the way. ABOUT Diane Ako joined Hawaii: In Real Life in October 2016. She likes being part of a community of local bloggers – people who like writing and sharing, like she does. Ako is an anchor/ reporter at Island News (KITV4 – ABC) in Honolulu. She previously anchored and reported at KHON2 (FOX) and KHNL (NBC), and at stations in California, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania. She freelance writes for NMG Network's magazines. In between news jobs, in 2017, she launched and ran her own p.r. company, Diane Ako PR. From 2010-2014, she headed the public relations department at Halekulani Corporation, which oversees luxury resort Halekulani and boutique hotel Waikiki Parc. She’s been blogging since 2009 – before Hawaii: IRL, she wrote for The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, the state’s largest daily newspaper, where her stories garnered a dozen journalism awards and an Emmy nomination. Ako has a BA in Communications from Menlo College and an MA in Political Science from University of Hawaii at Manoa. She volunteers as a board member of the Honolulu Gay & Lesbian Cultural Foundation, a Shinto shrine maiden at Daijingyu Temple, a citizen-scientist studying shrimp, and a yoga teacher at a senior center.

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