What Are We Shouting?

What Are We Shouting? is a loud and exciting word game for two or more teams.

Age: All ages

No. of players: Large groups

Equipment: None

Time: 10 minutes+

Aim: The aim is to work out a shouted, common phrase or title.

1. Players form two teams of roughly equal ability, though they may have different numbers of players in each team.

2. One team chooses a well known proverb or saying, or a famous film or book title. The phrase should have the same number of words as players, or less words than players. If the teams are too big (say over ten players each) so that it becomes difficult to find many suitable phrases, they could be split into three or even four teams.

3. The team then divides the phrase so that each player has a different word from the phrase. If there are more players than words, two players can share the same word. At the count of three, the whole team together says, "What are we shouting?" and then shouts their word at the same time. For example, if the phrase was "A stitch in time saves nine", one player would say, "What are we shouting? Stitch!" while another player would say, "What are we shouting? A!"

4. The other team then tries to guess the whole phrase. They are allowed to hear it shouted three times before they must make their guess. If they are successful, it is their turn to choose a phrase. If unsuccessful, the first team can choose another suitable phrase. However, if the first team's phrase was too hard to guess because it was not well known, the other team may have their turn. (You may like to have a judge to decide on the suitability of phrases, or you might choose a number of suitable phrases before the game.)

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