Report from Week 1005

The Washington Post Sunday - - STYLE INVITATIONAL -

Our bi­en­nial con­test in which we ask you to cre­ate “joint leg­is­la­tion” by com­bin­ing the names of two or more (of­ten many more) fresh­man mem­bers of Congress. To judge from the many thou­sands of en­tries sent in this year from al­most 500 peo­ple (and by the Em­press’s count, 105 of them were en­ter­ing the In­vite for the first time), the 113th Congress should be a pro­duc­tive one; al­ready, Rep. Peters (har har) has 247 pieces of leg­is­la­tion to his name (alas, most are un­print­able). As usual, quite a few of the en­tries were cryptic, to say the least; the E fig­ured out only from con­text, for ex­am­ple, that “Yoho-Vela-Wil­liams” was meant to be read as “Je­ho­vah’s Wit­nesses.” The win­ners be­low are much more valid. But if you’re still stuck on any of them, look at the on­line In­vite at bit.ly/in­vite1008; there’s a link to the same list, but with trans­la­tions.

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