Playing with Words

I love word games, so pardon me for reposting this little article. It comes from the Washington Post.

The Washington Post’s Mensa Invitational once again invited readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition. Here are the winners:

1. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subjectbr /financially impotent for an indefinite period of time.

2. Ignoranus : A person who’s both stupid and an asshole.

3. Intaxication : Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.

4. Reintarnation : Coming back to life as a hillbilly.

5. 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.

6. Foreploy : Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of getting laid..

7. Giraffiti : Vandalism spray-painted very, very high

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

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

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

11. 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.

12. Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.

13. Glibido : All talk and no action.

14. Dopeler Effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.

15. Arachnoleptic Fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you’ve accidentally walked through a spider web.

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

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

Hope you enjoyed a giggle or two.

Made up words can serve all kinds of purposes. In our family, we made up a “code” word for our kids in case someone said we’d sent them to pick the girls up. If the person didn’t say the word, our children would know we hadn’t sent them and they shouldn’t go with them. Since the word was an amalgamation of a couple of other words unique to our family, no one could ever guess the right word.

Do you have a favorite made up word?

4 thoughts on “Playing with Words

  1. MiaMarlowe says:

    Theresa-Very efective comment.

  2. MiaMarlowe says:

    Jane–My DH says an intelligent man can think of 2 or 3 good ways to spell anything! He should know. ;-)

  3. Theresa Romain says:

    I think they do a list like this every year, and the lists are always hilarious! One of my favorites from a past list is “Eficient” meaning “extremely efficient.” It just makes me laugh for some reason (maybe because I am seldom eficient or even efficient).

  4. Jane L says:

    This is a great topic. I can’t think of a word off the top of my head. I consider myself a terrible speller. So when I mispell words, I say “OH I will just add that to my personal dictionary of Janes favorite words” LOL! I do think a writer who was excellant at odd words was Dr Suess!

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