A Little Friday Humor
|by Catherine Larson|
You may have seen this around in one of its many versions (I got it as an e-mail), but it still makes me laugh. Good for a Friday...
The Washington Post's Mensa 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. Read them carefully. Each is an artificial word with only one letter altered to form a real word. Some are terrifically innovative:
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
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. Dopeler Effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem
smarter when they come at you rapidly.
13 . Arachnoleptic Fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just
after you've accidentally walked through a spider web.
14. Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito, that
gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.
15. Caterpallor (n.): The color you turn after finding half a
worm in the fruit you're eating.
Got any of your own?