The Washington Post‘s Style Invitational asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition.
The winners are:
-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.
-Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period.
-Sarchasm (n): The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn’t get it.
-Inoculatte (v): To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.
-Osteopornosis (n): A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.)
– Karmageddon (n): 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 (v): All talk and no action.
– Arachnoleptic fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you’ve accidentally walked through a spider web.
– Caterpallor (n.): The color you turn after finding half a grub in the fruit you’re eating.
And the pick of the literature:
– Ignoranus (n): A person who’s both stupid and an asshole.