Monday, November 16, 2009

Just for Fun

Here is the Washington Post’s NOT Mensa (see below) Invitational which 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 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. Intaxicaton: 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.

"Mensa Invitational" debunked

A Washington Post humor column titled "The Style Invitational" runs a series of popular contests, some of which since 1998 have featured taking any word; adding, subtracting or changing one letter; and creating a new word as well as its definition. As you would expect, many of the entries are clever and relevant — which is probably why someone who is now lost to the mists of time grabbed an early set of winners, changed the title to include a reference to Mensa, and sent it floating out into the Internet ether.

The revised "article" continues to circulate to this day on various Web sites, blogs and social networking sites, as well as in email. Looking at the results of the Week 278 Style Invitational, you'll see that many of the original responses mirror the list of words on the purported "Mensa Invitational" — including "intaxication," "bozone," "foreploy" and "glibido." Since 2005 or earlier, the "Mensa Invitational" has been suspected to be a hoax but no confirmation has ever been made prior to this. So we're here to debunk this urban legend.

American Mensa, nor any other Mensa entity, has ever been affiliated with the Washington Post's "Style Invitational" column and/or its contests, to the best of our knowledge. It wouldn't surprise us if many of our members have entered the contests — and perhaps even have won — but that would be the limit of the interaction.

Because we appreciate their humor, we encourage the enthusiastic wordsmiths who continue to send American Mensa their new words and definitions to become members of the online Washington Post and participate to the fullest. At the same time, we also heartily encourage them to consider joining American Mensa! We think they'd be at home here.

American Mensa


lainey bancroft said...

Haven't seen these in a while. Thanks for sharing, Liana.

I'm hard pressed to pick a favorite. Maybe if I 'inoculatte' and stay away from the 'ignoranus' population my 'sarchasm' will penetrate the 'Bozone' and I'll be able to express myself more clearly. :0

Virginia C said...

Vigor Mortis: The progressive stiffening of the muscles that occurs as one ages. The rigidity of a body after arising from sleep. The stiffness of joints and muscular rigidity of a semi-dead body.

gcwhiskas at aol dot com

Judy said...

Mine would have to be decafalon!! Anything to do with coffee, really don't care if it is good for you or not!!

I enjoy reading these!! They are all really cute!

s7anna said...

This is the first time I've heard of this...They're absolutely hilarious though!

My personal favourite:
15. Arachnoleptic Fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you’ve accidentally walked through a spider web.

It's pretty much what I would do... :)

Happy Reading
Anna Shah Hoque

Mary Ricksen said...

Interesting new words.

I like the word ditz, my sister is a ditz, she's all over the place. Never gets it.

orelukjp0 said...

I loved them all. They are great. Yes I did like Bozone but my favorite was: Ignoranus: A person who’s both stupid and an asshole. It seems like I see more and more of these people around and they just don't know that they are.

orelukjp0 at gmail dot com

LK Hunsaker said...

I love sarchasm! These are great, thanks for posting. :-)

Celia Yeary said...

My favorite--glibido. I saw a similar list this week--I don't know who thinks up all these crazy words. This was fun. Celia

flchen1 said...

Sadly I think I've experienced Beelzebug more than once! Those horrible mosquitoes can't possibly be merely mortal insects ;)

I love word plays like these, Liana! Thanks for reminding me to laugh today!


liana laverentz said...

And the winner of the drawing for an autographed book of your choice is....Judy! Thanks to all who commented and I'm glad you got a laugh out of it.

Happy Thanksgiving, all!

Liana Laverentz

Judy said...

Fantastic!! Thanks so much!! I will email you my pick!!