Here are some of the Washington Post’s Mensa Invitational entries where readers were asked to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition. I love making up new words and when someone sent me this list in an email I definitely had to share it, but it looks like I have to brush up on my creative skills! I loved all of these and found it very difficult to pick a favorite, so I didn’t, but if forced I would choose, Sarchasm & reintarnation!
(1) Intaxication: Euphoria at getting tax stimulus package, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.
(2) Bozone (noun): The substance surrounding a stupid person that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.
(3) Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.
(4) Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.
(5) Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the Person who doesn’t get it.
(6) Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.
(7) Osteopornosis: A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.)
(8) Karmageddon: Its 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.
(9) Decafalon: (noun): The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.
(10) Glibido: All talk and no action.
(11) Dopeler Effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.
(12) Arachnoleptic Fit: (noun): The frantic dance performed just after you’ve accidentally walked through a spider web.
(13) Cashtration: (noun): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period of time.
(14) Beelzebug: (noun): Satan in the form of a mosquito, that gets into your bedroom, and your ear, at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.
(15) Caterpallor: (noun): The color you turn after finding half a worm in the fruit you’re eating.