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 The annual Washington Post Mensa Invitational whereby readers could take any word from the dictionary, and alter it by adding or subtracting a letter and changing its meaning.  Here are the winners; they really are winners.  Each is only one letter different from the original and each has a different meaning.  I'm especially fond of #3, since the substance completely enshrouds our nation's capitol and that of California, and #17, so read the entire list.



1. Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you
realize it was your money to start with.
2. Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.
3. 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.
4. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the
subject  financially impotent for an indefinite period of time.
5. Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.
6. Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person
who  doesn't get it.
7. Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.
8. Hipatitis: Terminal coolness.
9. Osteopornosis: A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.)
10. 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.
11. Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting through the day
consuming  only things that are good for you.
12. Glibido: All talk and no action
13. Dopeler Effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when
they  come at you rapidly.
14. Arachnoleptic Fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after
you've  accidentally walked through a spider web
15. Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito, that gets into your
bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out
16. Caterpallor (n.): The color you turn after finding half a worm in
the  fruit you're eating.
And,  the pick of the lot...
17. Ignoranus: A person who's both stupid and an asshole.