Tuesday, August 11, 2009

And the winners are ...

The Washington Post's Mensa Invitational has announced winners in its annual contest where readers are asked to supply alternate meanings for common words. The winners include:

Coffee, n. The person upon whom one coughs.
, adj. Appalled by discovering how much weight one has gained.
, v. To give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.
, adj. Absentmindedly answering the door when wearing only a nightgown.
, v. To walk with a lisp.
, n. Olive-flavored mouthwash.
, n. Emergency vehicle that picks up someone who has been run over by a steamroller.
, n. A rapidly receding hairline.
Oyster, n. A person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddishisms.
, n. The belief that, after death, the soul flies up onto the roof and gets stuck there.
In addition, the Washington Post announced winners to its contest where readers were asked to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition. Here is a sample of the winners:
Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period of time.
Intaxicaton: 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.
Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high
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.
Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.
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.
Tip of the Tinfoil to AW.

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