New con­test for Week 1236: Port­man­teaux faux

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AMEN: A com­bi­na­tion of “abom­inable” and “yes­men.” Ex­am­ple: “Do you love our pres­i­dent? Let’s hear an Amen!” DE­GREE: Com­bines “de­grad­ing” and “twee.” “So what was it like to de­fend your dis­ser­ta­tion in front of Pro­fes­sor Pom­pos­ity?” “To­tally the third de­gree.”

This week’s con­test, sug­gested by clas­sics scholar and 87time Loser Ann Martin, com­bines a cou­ple of the In­vi­ta­tional’s fre­quent con­test themes: It in­cor­po­rates the idea of a port­man­teau word, a word that’s coined by com­bin­ing two other words, along with our beloved prac­tice of pro­mul­gat­ing to­tally bo­gus ex­pla­na­tions. This week: Ex­plain — in­ac­cu­rately but amus­ingly — how a

real word is a com­bi­na­tion of two or more words, with an il­lus­tra­tive sen­tence, as in the ex­am­ples above, or some other funny way. Sub­mit en­tries at this web­site: wapo.st/en­ter­in­vite1236 (all low­er­case). Win­ner gets the Inkin’ Me­mo­rial, the Lin­coln statue bob­ble­head that is the of­fi­cial Style In­vi­ta­tional tro­phy — one of the last few be­fore we come out with a new de­sign. Se­cond place re­ceives, ac­tu­ally in sea­son for once, a raft­size

tri­an­gu­lar brown pool float — in this case, we should call it a floater — de­pict­ing the now­fa­mous poop emoji. The tri­an­gle’s long sides are al­most five feet long. Do­nated by Hall of Fame Loser Jeff Con­tom­pa­sis. Other run­ners-up win our “You Gotta Play to Lose” Loser Mug or our Grossery Bag, “I Got a B in Pun­man­ship.” Hon­or­able men­tions get one of our 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, July 24; re­sults pub­lished Aug. 13 (on­line Aug. 10). See gen­eral con­test rules and guide­lines at wapo.st/In­vRules. The head­line for this week’s re­sults is by Jeff Con­tom­pa­sis; the hon­or­able­men­tions sub­head is by Chris Doyle. 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 for song par­ody guid­ance this week, check it out at wapo.st/style­conv.

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