Stretch! said the Balloon Lady

Cards Against Humanity

We both react as I’ve just read aloud the definition of a phrase.

What’s the word that means funny and horrible at the same time?

I’m convinced that experienced CAH players invite newbies for the sole reason of watching facial expressions and hearing those you never thought could utter such phrases, utter them.

Over the holidays I had the opportunity to play the card game with family and friends and as a gal that uses words for a living, I had no words to describe what I experienced at that event.

If I were only playing with my sisters and girlfriends, then this game would have been a hoot for sure.

But I was also playing with mixed company (men and women) including nephews (youngest was 15) and my son and his girlfriend (both 20s). Many at the table had experience with the game.

My family and friends are composed of many gamers: cards, computer, board, all types. And although I’m familiar with many different card games and had heard of CAH, it wasn’t until I played that I realized the full impact of what I did not know. Last year I’d played briefly with relatives including family elders, and at least I knew what phrases meant. This year apparently there was the addition of an expansion pack, and I was left quite clueless. Embarrassed. And laughing.

Here’s a description from the CAH website:

“Cards Against Humanity is a party game for horrible people. Unlike most of the party games you’ve played before, Cards Against Humanity is as despicable and awkward as you and your friends.

The game is simple. Each round, one player asks a question from a black card, and everyone else answers with their funniest white card.”

Now I know.


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