New contest for Week 1240: We GIVE you Limerixicon XIV
Most election reformers believe Contributions are bad. (How naive!) But my Bible instructs What to do with my bucks: Says it’s better to give, then receive. Well, hickory dickory dock — or, we should say, gickory gickory gock: It’s time once again for the Limerixicon, our 14th annual checkin with OEDILF.com, the project by Chris J. Strolin and his merry team to compile a dictionary of limericks featuring every word in the English language. OEDILF projects a completion date of Sept. 25, 2076 (exactly what it was last August), and more than 99,000 limericks have been submitted to the website — which means that with this week’s contest, the Loser Community could very well turn over Chris’s limerodometer. Last August the Oedilfers asked us for gewords; the year before that, we did the ga. This week: Supply a humorous, previously unpublished limerick significantly featuring any English word, name or term beginning with “gh-” or “gi-,” as in the example above by Chris Doyle that got ink in the bdtobi contest in 2005. See wapo.st/limericks2017 for our fairly strict rules on limerick rhyme and meter (in a nutshell: “perfect” rhyme, and a strong “hickorydickorydock” rhythm in Lines 1, 2 and 5; a “dickorydock” in Lines 3 and 4; plus “weak” syllables on either side). See OEDILF.com about submitting limericks there after this contest is over. Submit entries at this website: wapo.st/enter-invite1240 (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 — brought back from Italy by Loser Elden Carnahan — a Tshirt listing 66 parolacce, or extremely crude Italian terms, complete with English (or in some cases, brokenEnglish) translations. Note: If you have the slightest amount of decency, the Empress will happily substitute a more decorous prize. 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. 21; results published Sept. 10 (online Sept. 7). See general contest rules and guidelines at wapo.st/InvRules. The headline for this week’s results is by Nan Reiner; the honorablementions subhead is by William Kennard. 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; 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.