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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 from 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 running late.

8. Hipatitis: Terminal coolness.

9. Osteopornosis: A degenerate disease.

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 i n 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.

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

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6 Comments

  1. You might have too much time on your hands hahahaha..there are some funny words though how true how true

  2. hahaha. “Reintarnation” made me laugh hard out loud!! thanks for the jolt! beany 🙂

  3. The wine must be getting to me because I found giraffiti hysterical! I also liked Sarchasm, something I encounter a lot around people way sweeter than me.

  4. I’m pulling a #11 today. First day on the new diet, and I’m not allowed to add sugar to anything I eat. Or eat anything made purely of sugar. Unless I want my coffee black, I’m out of luck (I can’t take coffee that way, blecht).

  5. I’m always pulling a 2. cuz I’m from Kentucky, yeeee-haaa!

    (and a 10. because, I like, you know, teach yoga, man?)

  6. I experience sarchasm all the time. *ALL* the time.


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