Thursday, May 15, 2008

New Words!

I love words and this year's list from The Washington Post's Mensa Invitational is awesome. They 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:

1. INTAXICATION: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to begin with.
2. REINTARNATION: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.
3. BOZONE: 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.
4. CASHTRATION: The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period of time.
5. GIRAFFITI: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.
6. SARCHASM: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.
7. INOCCULATTE: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.
8. HIPATITIS: Terminal coolness.
9. OSTEOPORNOSIS: A degenerate disease.
10. 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.
11. DECAFALON: The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.
12. GLIBIDO: All talk and no action
13. DOPELER EFFECT: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.
14. ARACHNOLEPTIC FIT: The frantic dance performed just after you've accidentally walked through a spider web.
15. BEELZEBUG: Satan in the form of a mosquito, that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.
16. CATERPALLOR: The color you turn after finding half a worm in the fruit you're eating.
17. IGNORANUS: A person who's both stupid and an asshole.

Found on Guilty with an Explanation.

5 comments:

eni said...

what a cool idea

Ginnie said...

I love words, too, Kim, and right now I have tears in my eyes from laughing so hard! :)

Beatriz' suitcase contents said...

Funny as these words are, I have seen them before, some googling took me here
http://azucar-y-especias.blogspot.com/2007/05/washington-post-mensa-invitational.html

traveler one said...

Thanks Beatriz! I assumed this was the newest list but I guess they're from last year then. Still funny though :)

swenglishexpat said...

I am a great lover of words and languages too, and these additions to our vocabulary are just too funny. They should be read one at a time with some time for reflection and laughter in between. You cannot digest them mentally if you consume them too quickly. My favourite is #4 or #1 or #17 .......... (I have to copy them and show my wife, who is an English teacher!)