Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Prompt Zoo

Stream Of Consciousness Saturday


Another Saturday and so it is Stream of Consciousness time. Linda Hill has given us a very nice prompt, “Zoo.” She says we can use it alone or as part of another word. I’m going to try to put Zoo in each line of dialog. If I can’t fit it in the conversation will be over. If you would like to join this madness fun click on the link and go see what is going on.

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS April 30/16

Zoo by John W. Howell © 2016

“So what was that Zoo something movie?”


“Yeah that was it. It wasn’t about a zoo though.”

No, it was about the modeling industry which is a zoo of it’s own.”

“Yeah, I remember the character’s name was Darrell Zoolander and he was no paleozoologist I would say.”

“What is a Paleozoologist? Sounds zooty.”

“Zooty? What kind of word is that? Gadzooks, it sounds like you are in another world.”

“Zooty is an old term for someone who is sharp. Goes back to the 1940’s when there were guys standing around in Zoot suits. back to my question on Paleozoologist.”

“I’m really lost now on how your mind works with that zooty thing. A Paleozoologist is someone who studies ancient animals.”

“I thought that was a Paleontoligist. How did we get zoologic all of a sudden?”

“Look up at the top. Does the prompt say anything about toligist? No it says zoo. Why would I use a word that didn’t have zoo in it. I’m forced to be a Zoophile. Besides Paleozoologist and Paleonoligst are the same science.”

“Zoophile? We need a dictionary.I think you more resemble a Zoophite anyway.”

“Zoophite? Somehow I don’t think that is a compliment. So in keeping with your insult, I think you are in reality a Zoomorph.”

“I happen to know what a Zoomorph is and I resent being called animal-like.”

“Well you’ll just have to get over it. I’m the head keeper here and want you to come eat your Waterzooi.”

“I hate Waterzooi. Besides I’m supposed to have greens not stew. Where’s my zoosporangium.”

“You are a hippo for heaven’s sake. This is a zoo. I’m the zookeeper. You don’t get to call for zooporangium.”

“Some fun you are Bazooka breath.”

“Call me more names why don’t you? Just sit on your wazoo and smile for the folks.”

“Fine. I’m going to call the zoological society and file a complaint.”

“Good luck holding the phone.”



  1. Most impressive as always John, I zoomed right in….

    1. Good one Michael. I missed zoomed for some reason. 🙂

  2. “Bazooka breath!” LOL! Nicely done, John. Happy Saturday!

    1. Thank you Jill. Happy Saturday to you *to the tune of Happy Birthday*

      1. I can hear it! Thanks!

  3. Got the first question wrong. I thought he’d say ‘Zootopia’.

  4. OMG… those really are words. I’m just assuming so… After playfully looking up zooty and being gobsmacked to see it was real, I had to look up Paleozoologist. Real too. I think my editor-brain might explode. (Although that may be just sinus-pollen.)
    Yes… you definitely are a crafty one, John. This post is a riot. 😀 Mega hugs.

    1. Thank you Teagan. I’m a fiction writer but can only go so far with words. need to use real ones and yup they are all real. Hugs and a wish for a peacefilled weekend.

  5. I really think social media needs a “Gadzooks” button, John. I’d be using it right now. Make an emoji too. I think you should invent that. This was a fun read.

    1. That would be a great button. Yowzaa would work on the other side. Thanks Dan

      1. Well???? Come on John. Get out the Crayolas and give is a few choices 🙂

      2. Hmmm. Need to think

  6. Ohhhh! All the way to the last sentence!! 😀 That was funny, John. Thanks for the laugh!

    1. You are welcome. 🙂

  7. This one was outstanding. Got a big kick out of it.

  8. There’s no trip like a John Howell mind-trip…

  9. Very clever use of the prompt. Nice post. ☺

    1. Thank you so much for the visit

  10. Bee Halton · ·

    My English has improved enormously in the last few minutes and I will come back to this post for next year’s “A to Z Challenge” ;-). Thanks!

    1. Yes you can hit the Z out of the park.

  11. We always learn something new from your posts! Loved the name calling! Hope you are enjoying this beautiful sunshine! Any rain missed us.

    1. No raid darn it. Thank you for liking the name calling.

  12. Zoo-wie. You sure know a lot of zoo-type words. The only one I thought of was zoot suit, but you covered that one too. Splendid post, John. I had no idea there were so many words with zoo in them. 😀

    1. Thanks Tess. Welcome back. 🙂

      1. You are welcome, John, and thank you. I’ll be in and out for a while. 🙂

      2. I’ll enjoy you when you’re in or out.

      3. A break is a nice change for me right now and I do miss all you guys. Thank you, John. 🙂

  13. This post reminds me of the time I saw a grain store full of people, bouncing up and down in fervent belief. it was a pogo zealot silo…

    1. I can only imagine. 🙂

      1. Told you I liked anagrams. ;~}

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