Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Neologism Contest

Once again, The Washington Post has published the winning submissions to its yearly neologism contest, in which readers are asked to supply alternate meanings for common words. Some of the winners are:

Coffee (n): the person upon whom one coughs.

Flabbergasted (adj.): appalled over how much weight you have gained.

Abdicate (v.): to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.

Esplanade (v.): to attempt an explanation while drunk.

Negligent (adj.): describes a condition in which you absentmindedly answer the door in your nightgown.

Lymph (v.): to walk with a lisp.

Gargoyle (n.): olive-flavored mouthwash.

Flatulence (n.): emergency vehicle that picks you up after you are run over by a steamroller.

Balderdash (n.): a rapidly receding hairline.

Rectitude (n.): the formal, dignified bearing adopted by proctologists.

Frisbeetarianism (n.) ~ (back by popular demand): The belief that, when you die, your soul flies up onto the roof and gets stuck there.

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