Wednesday, April 16, 2008


The Washington Post's Mensa 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 winners. Read them carefully.
Each is an artificial word with only one letter altered to form a real word.

Some are terrifically innovative:

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 (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.

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

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

8. Hipatitis: Terminal coolness.

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

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

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

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

And the #1 pick:

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

It's a good idea to obey all the rules when you're young just so you'll have the strength to break them when you're old.

Tell me some of the words that this list missed. Give me the term and the definition!!
I am always looking for new words...

Have a "spectacerful" ~ Spectacular and wonderful week/weekend.
Lee Ann


Seamus said...

My fave is #13!!!

I shall think on this!

rob said...

Bossum - the chief possum, the only one able to force my possum to move out of the ceiling above my bed.

Meanie the baby dragon said...

Hi Lee Ann! Me miz u!

jiggs said...

More like make no "sensa"! booyah!

Menzies Milngavie III said...

I say!

Blissheld - catching a cricket ball whilst meditating.


Menzies Milngavie III said...

I say!

Flakheid - someone who is mentally damaged from reading too many of Hotboy's posts.


JLee said...

Those are great!! I like "sarchasm" haha
Have a great weekend :)

RaBadBoy said...

Most funny! Particularly like Karmageddon! Hotboy

Michael Manning said...

Steve McQueen was pissed during the filming of "Bullitt" that the writers used a word "obsequious". He had them take it out, even though it was to be uttered by Robert Vaughn!