HERE IS THE WASHINGTON POST'S MENSA INVITATIONAL WHICH
ONCE AGAIN ASKED READERS TO TAKE ANY WORD FROM THE DICTIONARY, ALTER IT BY
ADDING, SUBTRACTING, OR CHANGING ONE LETTER, AND SUPPLY A NEW DEFINITION.
HERE ARE THE WINNERS:
- Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject
financially impotent for an indefinite period of time.
- Ignoranus : A person who's both stupid and an asshole.
- Intaxication : Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which
lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.
- Reintarnation : Coming back to life as a hillbilly.
- Bozone ( n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops
bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows
little sign of breaking down in the near future.
- Foreploy : Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of getting laid.
- Giraffiti : Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.
- Sarchasm : The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who
doesn't get it.
- Inoculatte : To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.
- Osteo****osis : A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.)
- Karmageddon : It's like, when everybody is sending off all these
really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes
and it's like, a serious bummer.
- Decafalon (n.): The gruelling event of getting through
the day consuming only things that are good for you.
- Glibido : All talk and no action.
- Dopeler effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when
they come at you rapidly.
- Arachnoleptic fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after
you've accidentally walked through a spider web.
THE WASHINGTON POST HAS ALSO PUBLISHED THE WINNING
SUBMISSIONS TO ITS YEARLY CONTEST, IN WHICH READERS ARE ASKED TO SUPPLY
ALTERNATE MEANINGS FOR COMMON WORDS AND THE WINNERS ARE:
- coffee , n. the person upon whom one coughs.
- flabbergasted , adj. appalled by discovering how much weight one
- abdicate , v. to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.
- esplanade , v. to attempt an explanation while drunk.
- willy-nilly , adj. impotent.
- negligent , adj. answering the door when wearing
only a nightgown.
- lymph , v. to walk with a lisp.?
- gargoyle , n. olive-flavored mouthwash.
- flatulence , n. emergency vehicle that picks up someone who has
been run over by a steamroller.
- balderdash , n. a rapidly receding hairline.
- testicle , n. a humorous question on an exam.
- rectitude , n. the formal, dignified bearing adopted by proctologists.
- pokemon , n. a Rastafarian proctologist.
- oyster , n. a person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddishisms.
- Frisbeetarianism , n. the belief that, after death, the soul flies
up onto the roof and gets stuck there.
- circumvent , n. an opening in the front of boxer shorts worn by Jewish