The Washington Post Style Invitational once again asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting or changing one letter, and supply the definition of the new word. There have been some excellent entries in the past. Here are this year’s winners. See how many of them you can get into conversation over the next few days.
Bozone (n): The substance surrounding a stupid person that stops bright ideas from penetrating.
Foreploy (v): Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of getting another to sleep with you.
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 in one’s bones.
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.
Decafalon (n): The grueling grind of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.
Glibido (v): All talk and no action.
Dopeler 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 a grub in the fruit you’re eating.
Ignoranus (n): A person who is both stupid and an asshole.