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The Washington Post's Style 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:

- 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

- Giraffiti (n) Vandalism spray-painted very, very high

- 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

- Hipatitis (n) Terminal coolness

- 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


- De cafalon (n.) The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only

things that are good for you

- Glibido (v) All talk and no action

- Dopelar effect (n) The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they

come at you rapidly

- Arachnoleptic fit (n.) The frantic dance performed just after you've

accidentally walked through a spider web

- Beelzebug (n.) Satan in the form of a mosquito that gets into your bedroom at

three in the morning and cannot be cast out

- 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 ass

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Are the symptoms published anywhere for ostepornosis? I think I might have it... UHOH7.GIF

Not quite as literary, but a friend has just had a couple of new entries in Viz's profanisaurus...

"Cabin crew doors to manual" - the sudden and very immediate need for a really big dump.

"I've lost R2" - that shaky period just after the "doors to manual" stage (Star Wars geeks can explain...)

Two new entries for this month, should they be accepted:

"Crest Plus" - a virgin. (From the slogan, "No fillings"). Yep, tenuous! grin.gif

"Secret Lemonade Drinker" - definitely still in the closet.

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