Old Words Given New Meanings.
Thread poster: Francis Icaza

Francis Icaza
United States
Local time: 18:35
English to Spanish
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Jun 22, 2002

The Washington Post recently published a contest for readers in which they were asked to supply alternative meanings for various words. The following were some of the winning entries:



Abdicate (v.), to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.



Carcinoma (n.), a valley in California, notable for its heavy smog.



Esplanade (v.), to attempt an explanation while drunk.



Willy-nilly (adj.), impotent



Flabbergasted (adj.), appalled over how much weight you have gained.



Negligent (adj.), describes a condition in which you absentmindedly

answer the door in your nightie.



Lymph (v.), to walk with a lisp.



Coffee (n.), a person who is coughed upon.



Balderdash (n.), a rapidly receding hairline.



Testicle (n.), a humorous question on an exam.



Rectitude (n.), the formal, dignified demeanor assumed by a proctologist immediately before he examines you.



Oyster (n.), a person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddish expressions.



Circumvent (n.), the opening in the front of boxer shorts.



Frisbatarianism (n.), The belief that, when you die, your soul goes up on the roof and gets stuck there.



The Washington Post\'s Style Invitational also 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 some recent winners:



Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the reader

who doesn\'t get it.



Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.



Foreploy: Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of obtaining sex.



Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously.



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.



Glibido: All talk and no action.



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



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



And finally . . .



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

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Regards,



F.



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María T. Vargas  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 00:35
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GREAT!! Jun 23, 2002

Muy divertido. Deberíamos intentar algo así con el español.

Saludos cordiales,

Pampi (Málaga)


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