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Thread poster: Aurora Humarán
Aurora Humarán  Identity Verified
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Sep 29, 2003

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 this year's

1. Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start 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. Foreploy: Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of getting laid.

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

6. Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very thin and very high.

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

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

9. 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 a$$hole

Any creative neologists out there?
Have a great week!


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Aurora Humarán  Identity Verified
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Just a question, Au... Sep 29, 2003


Any creative neologists out there?

Is it possible for a neologist not to be creative?


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Ralf Lemster  Identity Verified
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Great stuff Sep 29, 2003

Thanks, Aurora!
Can't add anything new, but #5 sounds terribly familiar (just bought a house...)!

Cheerio, Ralf

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when your husband is no more so exciting... Sep 29, 2003

your life turns out to be a...STALEMALE!!!!


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Alexandru Pojoga
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Fantastic! Sep 29, 2003

Excellent. Stalemale is also an excellent addition!

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Thierry LOTTE  Identity Verified
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You cracked me up Oct 7, 2003

Aurora proposed the flwg neologism

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

My favourite one indeed as well as nbr 18...

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