The Washington Post's Style 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 the 2003 winners:


  01. Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.

  02. Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.
 
  03. 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.
 
  04. Foreploy: Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of getting laid.

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

  06. Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.

  07. Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.

  08. Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.

  09. Hipatitis: Terminal coolness.

  10. Osteopornosis: A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.)

  11. 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.
 
  12. Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.

  13. Glibido: All talk and no action.

  14. Dopeler effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.

  15. Arachnoleptic fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you've accidentally walked through a spider web.

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

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



 And the pick of the literature:


  18. Ignoranus: A person who's both stupid and an asshole.

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Thanks to Steve Hughes - Spencer, WV for sharing this with us.