The Washington Post's "Style Invitational" 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 some recent winners 1998):
Foreploy: any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of obtaining sex.
Tatyr: a lecherous Mr. Potato Head.
Doltergeist: a spirit that decides to haunt someplace stupid, such as your septic tank.
Sarchasm: the gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the recipient who doesn't get it.
Contratemps: the resentment permanent workers feel toward the fill-in workers.
Reintarnation: coming back to life as a hillbilly.
Inoculatte: to take coffee intravenously when you are running late.
Hipatitis: terminal coolness.
Taterfamilias: the head of the Potato Head family.
Guillozine: a magazine for executioners.
Osteopornosis: a degenerate disease.
Burglesque: a poorly planned break-in. (See: Watergate)
Giraffiti: vandalism spray-painted very, very high, such as the famous "Surrender Dorothy" on the Beltway overpass.
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.
Deifenestration: to throw all talk of God out the window.
Dopeler effect: the tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.
Intaxication: euphoria at getting a refund from the IRS, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.
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