New vocabulary!

Kinney Bacon sent a number of fun words from the Washington Post’s Style Invitational, which 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 some that we may find too close to home:
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.

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

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.

From the : Embedded Muse

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  4. 4 The Empress of The Style Invitational February 2, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Actually, some — but not all — of these words are from The Washington Post’s Style Invitational contest, from a contest way back in 1998. (But not, say, “decafalon” — that’s not a one-letter change from “decathlon,” is it?)

    Much better to see the real thing — every week at The Style Invitational is a weekly humor/wordplay contest with unbelievably clever humor contributed by thousands of readers. It’s published every Saturday in The Post’s Style (features) section, and every Friday afternoon at about 3:30 Eastern time.

    The most recent results (Jan. 30, 2010) were for humorous poems about people who died last year. Like this one:

    Because the AmEx card’s their fave,
    They’re here today to tout it.
    The diggers of Karl Malden’s grave
    Just won’t heave loam without it. (Chris Doyle, Ponder, Tex.)

    Before that, the contest was for made-up homonyms or homophones. Among the winners:

    Ho-maid: The role of a traditional wife.

    Hi-deaf TV: Commercials.

    S-cargo: Snail mail.

    You can see links to these contests and dozens of earlier ones at Or you can become a fan of “Washington Post Style” on Facebook (go to ) and you’ll get a link to the Invitational when it’s posted. I hope you become regular readers and maybe even regular entrants.


    The Empress of The Style Invitational

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