New contest for Week 1238: D-E-F Comedy Jam (or E-D-F, etc.)
EDF — Environmental Destruction Fund: The administration finds ONE part of the EPA budget to increase. EFD — “Energy For Dummies”: “A great read for three reasons: the pages are numbered; I learned some energy things; and . . . ummm” — R. Perry DFE — Donald For Emperor: The RNC tests some early 2020 election slogans.
Here’s Installment 2 of a contest that will march intermittently through the alphabet. Last summer in Week 1179, we asked you to come up with threeword phrases whose words began with ABC, CBA or any other arrangement of those letters (winner by Chris Damm: “Cot And Bagel: a lowbudget bedandbreakfast”). And so: This week: Coin a threeword phrase (you may add an insignificant word or two) whose words begin with D, E and F — in any order — and describe it, as in the examples above by Jeff Shirley, who suggested this contest in the first place. You might also come up with a brilliantly clever description of an existing phrase. See the ABC results at bit.ly/invite1183. Submit entries at this website: wapo.st/enterinvite1238 (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 a pair of long, rubbery, pink, curly “octopus fingers” (or, as their Danish label puts it, “blaekspruttefingre”) that fit over your own fingers for, well, we don’t know what for. To make your hand look like an octopus. Donated by Roy and Inge Ashley. 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, Aug. 7; results published Aug. 27 (online Aug. 24). See general contest rules and guidelines at wapo.st/InvRules. 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, isn’t happening this week, but the E will take questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.