Sunday, April 15, 2012

Theory of the prize (definitions & other rules).

A prize is a present. It can be bestowed on someone for winning a contest or a race or something else competitive in nature, or it can be given for no reason at all. Or because someone has shown a high degree of patience, restraint, kindness or some other virtue.

Use of the term "prize" also makes a gift seem more awesome because it suggests the recipient has won something just for existing—this is a wonderful idea.

A prize doesn't have to cost money. Or it can cost a small amount of money.

Some examples of prizes:

  • an orange
  • a small drawing of anything
  • a bag of peanut m&m's
  • a scientific chart or graph
  • a blue pen
  • a bag of orange, oriental poppy seeds
  • a chocolate chip cookie
  • a paper airplane 
  • a photograph
  • a quarter or two quarters
  • a slurpee from 7-eleven
  • a small pile of rocks
  • a page ripped out of National Geographic
  • a pear
  • some gum


  1. I have always loved your usage of the term prize. It DOES make gifts feel more special and exciting.

  2. Did you recently get or give a prize?

  3. A prize is also something (or someone) of inestimable value; cherished and cared for. You are most certainly that.

  4. I don't know why this makes me laugh very hard. I LIKE IT!


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