“A COMEDY IN WORDS” – By Des Kelly
As I have always said, English is an International language. Naturally, “words” are a large part it, words that are very serious, however, words that can also be translated, giving us some totally unrelated comedic impressions that could possibly cause a chuckle or two, just for a change.
Although we do not know the name of the actual Author of “A comedy in words”, being sent to me via Ralph Baker and Keith Bennett (thank you, Ralph and Keith), I found this post very interesting, because, as our many readers will notice, ONE LETTER either added or subtracted from an official English word could go on to be a huge difference, and a funny one, at that.
FUN WITH WORDS
The Washington Post’s Mensa Invitational once again invited readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter,
and supplying a new definition.
HERE ARE THE WINNERS:
1 .CASHTRATION (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the
subject financially impotent for an indefinite period of time.
2 IGNORANUS: A person who’s both stupid and an asshole.
3. INTAXICATION: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until
you realize it was your money to start with.
4 REINTARNATION: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.
5 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.
6 FOREPLOY: Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of getting laid.
7 GIRAFFITI: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high
8 SARCHASM: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn’t get it.
9 INOCULATTE: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.
10. OSTEOPORNOSIS: A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.)
11. 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.
12. DECAFALON (n.): The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.
13. GLIBIDO: All talk and no action.
14. DOPELER EFFECT: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.
15. ARACHNOLEPTIC FIT (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you’ve accidentally walked through a spider web.
16.BEELZEBUG (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito, that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.
17. CATERPALLOR ( n.): The color you turn after finding half a worm in the fruit you’re eating.
THE WASHINGTON POST HAS ALSO PUBLISHED THE WINNING SUBMISSIONS TO ITS YEARLY CONTEST, IN WHICH READERS ARE
ASKED TO SUPPLY ALTERNATE MEANINGS FOR COMMON WORDS. AND THE WINNERS ARE:
1 COFFEE, n. The person upon whom onecoughs.
2 FLABBERGASTED, adj. Appalled by discovering how much weight one has gained.
3 ABDICATE, v. To give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.
4. ESPLANADE, v. To attempt an explanation while drunk.
5 WILLY-NILLY, adj. Impotent.
6 NEGLIGENT, adj. Absentmindedly answering the door when wearing only a nightgown.
7 LYMPH, v. To walk with a lisp.
8 GARGOYLE, n. Olive-flavored mouthwash.
9 FLATULENCE, n. Emergency vehicle that picks up someone who has been run over by a Steamroller.
10. BALDERDASH, n. A rapidly receding hairline.
11. TESTICLE, n. A humorous question on an exam.
12. RECTITUDE, n. The formal, dignified bearing adopted by Proctologists.
13. POKEMON, n. A Rastafarian proctologist.
14. OYSTER, n. A person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddishisms.
15. FRISBEETARIANISM, n. The belief that, afterdeath, the soul flies up onto the roof and gets stuck there.
16. CIRCUMVENT, n. An opening in the front of boxer shorts worn by Jewish men