Week 904: We move on back

The Washington Post Sunday - - STYLE INVITATIONAL -

Ardi­ness: The state of be­ing crowded into a small space. Elved: Dug a North Pole hole. Af­ter a 21/ 2-year res­i­dence in the Satur­day paper, dur­ing which we could des­e­crate the Jewish Sab­bath in­stead of the Chris­tian one, the Style In­vi­ta­tional hap­pily re­turns this week to Sun­days with one more vari­a­tion of our stock in trade: the ne­ol­o­gism con­test. This one, sug­gested by Mal­colm Fleschner of Palo Alto, Calif., is pretty chal­leng­ing, but the Em­press trusts in the Pow­ers of Loser­dom to de­liver. This week, as we move from one end of the week to the other: Move the first let­ter in a word or name to the end of that word and de­fine the re­sult­ing word, as in Mal­colm’s own ex­am­ples above. You may use it in a sen­tence if the sen­tence is drool-gen­er­at­ingly hi­lar­i­ous.

Win­ner gets the Inker, the of­fi­cial Style In­vi­ta­tional tro­phy. Sec­ond place wins a set of “The Axis of Evil II” fin­ger pup­pets from 2002, fea­tur­ing not-bad-to-poor like­nesses of John Ashcroft, Ge­orge W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Don­ald Rums­feld; do­nated by Inge Ashley. Yes, we know, we know. And we are happy to ac­cept the do­na­tion of the Steny Hoyer voodoo doll or what­ever. Other run­ners-up win their choice of a cov­eted Style In­vi­ta­tional Loser T-shirt or yearned-for Loser Mug. Hon­or­able men­tions get one of the lusted-af­ter Style In­vi­ta­tional Loser mag­nets. First of­fend­ers get a smelly, tree-shaped air “fresh­ener” (Fir Stink for their First Ink). One prize per en­trant per week. Send your en­tries by email to losers@wash­post.com or by fax to 202-334-4312. Dead­line is Mon­day, Jan. 31. Put “Week 904” in the sub­ject line of your e-mail, or it risks be­ing ig­nored as spam. In­clude your name, postal ad­dress and phone num­ber with your en­try. Con­tests are judged on the ba­sis of hu­mor and orig­i­nal­ity. All en­tries be­come the prop­erty of The Washington Post. En­tries may be edited for taste or con­tent. Re­sults to be pub­lished Feb. 20 (Feb. 18 on­line). No pur­chase re­quired for en­try. Em­ploy­ees of The Washington Post, and their im­me­di­ate relatives, are not el­i­gi­ble for prizes. Pseudony­mous en­tries will be dis­qual­i­fied. The re­vised ti­tle for next week’s re­sults is by Christo­pher Lamora. The hon­or­able-men­tions sub­head was sub­mit­ted sep­a­rately by Kevin Dopart, Jeff Con­tom­pa­sis and Beverley Sharp.


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