By in Humor

Team Has No I but It Has ME

Famous Saying

Many coaches and trainers tell players and participants that the word "Team" has no "I" in it and this is true - the letter "i" is not included in this word. When you are playing or working as part of a team, the work and achievements are all part of teamwork. Everyone contributes and everyone achieves, at least, if everyone plays their part!

I Just Realised

But I only just realised today that while team has no "I", it definitely has "A Me" in it. not just "Me" but "A me". Of course, a team is made up of lots of "me"s who all have to learn to work together and contribute to the best of their ability.

Anagrams of Team

The word team has a number of anagrams (words using the same letters). there is MATE (meaning "friend" or "work colleague"), there is MEAT, which can be food or can be used to talk about getting the heart of the matter, or the kernel of truth. There is also META, meaning "above" "at a higher level". And of course TAME. If you allow the use of more than one word, you could also have "AT EM", which may be a very English form meaning "Have At Them", used in the military, then there is MET A, as in "met a mate of mine".

Getting the TEAM together

So, getting to the MEAT of the matter, let's have AT 'EM because it's important to TAME all the MEs to form a META group of MATEs that will eventually make a TEAM!

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CoralLevang wrote on December 28, 2015, 11:53 AM

I had to read this twice...Maybe a bit more RANDOM than Humor???

ROFLMAO Don't do this to me before my first cup of coffee in the morning! :-P~~

markgraham wrote on December 28, 2015, 12:23 PM

This is a very clever piece of writing for I really never notice the word team as have 'a me' in it and you explained perfectly.

lookatdesktop wrote on December 28, 2015, 12:40 PM

So clever. I had to chuckle about this article of yours. It really made me laugh. It takes a real smart person to make me laugh.

MegL wrote on December 28, 2015, 12:50 PM

Funnily enough, I originally put it in "Random" but when I realised I could use all the anagrams, I changed it over to "Humor" LOL

VinceSummers wrote on December 28, 2015, 1:02 PM

Try the word STOP. You'll find lots of possibilities. As to teams. Frankly, I'm not a sports guy. But if I am at any level, I don't care for teams. I think it's a riot that grown men (and more and more women) cheer for one team to the exclusion of another. Teams are artificial. They change memberships pretty much yearly, no? So what purpose is there in cheering for a team? Now in the more important real world where teams are truly important (as, for instance, a team of medical professionals), I can see the real need to drop the "I." Well, I take that back. There should be 4 I's and 4 We's. Both.

CoralLevang wrote on December 28, 2015, 1:44 PM

Well, it may have been more understandable (for me) if it were the "humoUr" category. But that would then have been all about "U" and not "ME."

Twice in a day? I crack myself up.

MegL wrote on December 28, 2015, 1:47 PM

I am using American spelling and you are using the British? LOL I think I have humoured myself out on this one though, because I can't think of any retort!

CoralLevang wrote on December 28, 2015, 1:54 PM

I aim to please by accommodating my British pals, (at least for humour's sake) as you may have seen in a comment recently to Rufuszen .

I can speak both forms of English with only the occasional episode of inexplicable doltishness. emoticon :winking:

MegL wrote on December 28, 2015, 1:56 PM

I must go and read rufuszen 's posts, I see there are a number I haven't got to!!!

DWDavisRSL wrote on December 28, 2015, 9:38 PM

i had to chuckle at the last line of your post. You did well to put all that together.

Bethany1202 wrote on December 28, 2015, 9:50 PM

Interesting observations! ; )

MegL wrote on December 29, 2015, 3:26 AM

Hi bethany1202 . Thanks for yourcomment but you may not know that you need to have a minimum of 30 characters for your comment to earn you a coin?

nitsbubb wrote on December 31, 2015, 1:38 AM

This really sounds something to learn from. Yes, you have really given the perfect combination of 'me' in many words.

vanGogh wrote on January 22, 2016, 12:51 AM

wow word play; this is an excellent teaching tool especially for us with English as second language; in the hands of an effective mentor, this would be a fun learning experience