New contest for Week 1227: Celebrate ortho-diversity!
Petuna: A flower that’s a bit too fragrant. (Jeff Shirley)
Iguano: The zookeeper’s least favorite reptile cage. (Jeff Shirley)
Womant: A creature who can lift many times her own weight but won’t tell you what that weight is. (Seth Brown, from a 2004 Invite contest to combine two animals)
It’s been a couple of months since our last neologism contest, causing the English language to languish desperately until we saw fit to inject a couple of dozen new words into it. Our latest twist on the genre comes from Loser Jeff Shirley, who suggested this week’s contest: Name and describe a new life form — and no letter in the term may be used
twice, as in the examples above. “Life form” is pretty vague on purpose; the E always appreciates creativity, and of course The Funny.
Submit entries at this website: bit.ly/enterinvite-1227 (all lowercase).
Winner gets the Inkin’ Memorial, the Lincoln statue bobblehead that is the official Style Invitational trophy. Second place receives a fascinating volume called “American Sex Machines: The Hidden History of Sex at the
U.S. Patent Office”; it’s a look at hundreds of various devices reflecting “our national quest for sexual innovation,” from everything from whalebone corsets to condoms implanted with computer chips, and including some downright scary electrical gadgets. Donated by Loser John Hutchins, who swears that his Twitter handle is not @AmericanSexMachine.
Other runners-up win our new “You Gotta Play to Lose” 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, May 22; results published June 11 (online June 8). See general contest rules and guidelines at wapo.st/ InvRules. The headline for this week’s results is by Chris Doyle; the honorablementions subhead is by Jesse Frankovich. Join the Style Invitational Devotees group on Facebook at on.fb.me/invdev. “Like” Style Invitational Ink of the Day on Facebook at bit.ly/inkofday.
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.