Monday, May 14, 2007

Neologisms


A selection of words submitted to the Washington Post's Style Invitational. The rules were to find a dictionary word, then alter it by adding, subtracting or changing one letter, and supplying a new definition.

Intaxication:
Euphoria experienced at getting a tax refund.

Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.

Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high

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

Osteopornosis: A degenerate disease.

Decafalon: 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.
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2 comments:

soraneko said...

Those are really smart. Particularly like "Giraffiti" and "Sarchasm"

Is there a link to the whole list? Or they not on the internet?

brett jordan said...

If you google for 'Washington Post's Mensa Invitational' you'll find the rest of them...

however, in the interest of preserving accurate metadata, this was actually a year end winners list from the Washington Post *Style* Invitational.

The WP Style Invitational is run weekly and the contest format varies from week to week.

 
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