New for Week 1213: Punku
A foggy morning And a hole in your jacket: Burr, it’s really cold (Jeff Brechlin, Week 453, 2002)
“We must raise taxes!” “No, we must lower taxes!” Budget: Can’t budge it. (Dave Prevar, Week 923, 2011)
This week’s contest was suggested by Reader but Not a Loser Rich Strimel, and it’s straightforward enough:
Write a haiku that incorporates a pun, as in the examples above from earlier Style Invitational haiku contests. Yes, yes, they might not fit the classic description of haiku.
For the purposes of this contest: — The haiku must be three lines long, 575: with exactly five syllables in the first line, seven in the second, five in the third. A website called Howmanysyllables.com will tell you how many are in a given word, though one might argue with some of its conclusions. — The strict definition of a pun is a play on words between two words or phrases that sound very much alike, as in the examples above. But the Empress won’t turn away wordplays that use the same word with different meanings. — It’s fine if two or all three of the lines rhyme. Or not. — A title is optional. If there’s a pun in it, all the better.
Submit entries at this website: bit.ly/enter-invite-1213 (all lowercase). Winner gets the Inkin’ Memorial, the Lincoln statue bobblehead that is the official Style Invitational trophy. Second place gets a very cool night lamp — it’s not really Loserly, to be honest, except for the nerd factor — that forms a somewhat 3Dlooking image of the “Star Wars” Death Star in rotating colors. You know it’s truly nerdy when its electric plug is a USB. Donated by Style Invitational Devotee Kathleen Delano.
Other runners-up win the yearnedfor “This Is Your Brain on Mugs” Loser mug or our Grossery Bag, “I Got a B in Punmanship.” Honorable mentions get one of our new lustedafter Loser magnets, “No Childishness Left Behind” or “Magnum Dopus.” First Offenders receive only a smelly treeshaped air “freshener” (FirStink for their first ink). Deadline is Monday night, Feb. 13; results published March 5 (online March 2). See general contest rules and guidelines at wapo.st/InvRules. The headline for this week’s results was suggested by both Chris Doyle and Jesse Frankovich; Chris also wrote the honorablementions subhead. Join the lively Style Invitational Devotees group on Facebook at on.fb.me/invdev. “Like” the Style Invitational Ink of the Day on Facebook at bit.ly/inkofday; follow @StyleInvite on Twitter.
THE STYLE CONVERSATIONAL The Empress’s weekly online column discusses each new contest and set of results. Especially if you plan to enter, check it out at wapo.st/styleconv.