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October 22, 2002

Changing words

Each year the Washington Post's Style Invitational asks 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:

-- Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.
-- Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.
-- Foreploy: Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of getting laid.
-- Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.
-- Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.
-- Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.
-- Hipatitis: Terminal coolness.
-- Osteopornosis: A degenerate disease. (this one got extra credit)
-- 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.
-- Glibido: All talk and no action.
-- Dopeler Effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.

And, the pick of the literature:
-- Ignoranus: A person who's both stupid and an asshole.

Forwarded by Mahdiyeh Javid

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