Saturday, November 18, 2006

New words


The Washington Post's Style Invitational asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition. These were some of the best:

* Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.
* Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.
* 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.
* Dopeler effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.

The Post also ran a contest that produced these daffynitions:

* Balderdash: a rapidly receding hairline.
* Coffee : a person who is coughed upon.
* Flabbergasted: appalled over how much weight you have gained.
* Gargoyle: an olive-flavored mouthwash.
* Flatulence: the emergency vehicle that picks you up after you are run over by a steamroller
* Negligent: a condition in which you absent-mindedly answer the door in your nightgown.
* Oyster : a person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddish expressions.
* Pokemon: a Jamaican proctologist.
* Rectitude : the formal, dignified demeanor assumed by a proctologist immediately before he examines you.
* Testicle: a humorous question on an exam.

Non-English phrases
The Globe & Mail's Globe Challenge asked readers to add a letter to a non-English expression and redefine it. Some gems:

* Stout le monde: Is everyone getting fatter these days?
* Tour de forcep: a long and difficult birth
* Inter alias: among other false names
* Smuchas gracias: thanks for the kisses
* Chile con carnet: permission to emigrate
* Armor vincit omnia: Tanks beat everything
* Patter familias: I recognize your footsteps
* Coupe d'├ętat: government limo
* Tubermensch: Mr. PotatoHead
* In vino verbitas: Drunks talk too much
* Souse-chef: cooking with alcohol


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