Friday, February 6, 2009

Just For Grins

The Washington Post's Mensa Invitational 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 this year's winners. Read them carefully. Each is an artificial word with only one letter altered to form a real word. Some are terrifically innovative:

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.

Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period.

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.

Hipatitis: Terminal coolness.

Osteopornosis: 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.

Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito, that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.

Caterpallor (n.): The color you turn after finding half a worm in the fruit you're eating.And

The #1 Pick:

Ignoranus: A person who's both stupid and an asshole. (I work with a lot of these.)


The Weaver of Grass said...

Thanks Deb for those. They really made me smile. Aren't they clever?

Mental P Mama said...

Those are good. I know lots of these words firsthand.

Deb said...

funny...I particularly like the last one! :::giggle:::
May 2nd is fine with me...keep me updated on your search for materials.

Troy said...

Hi, my first time and I just love these clever wordplays. Thanks!

Debra (a/k/a Doris, Mimi) said...

Hello Troy. Thank you for leaving a comment. I hope you find an opportunity to drop by again :)

Judyann said...

Those were funny. Thanks for the laughs. My favorite was number one too.