We ran a limerick contest a couple of months ago — it was to sum up a book, movie or TV show — but that can’t put off our annual August visit to Oedilf.com, the Omnificent English Dictionary in Limerick Form. Since 2004, when it started with A, Chris J. Strolin and his anapestic acolytes have supplied more than 75,000 limericks, each illustrating a particular word or term. Last year at this time, OEDILF was working on the beginning of the E’s; now we’re all the way up to . . .
This week: Supply a humorous limerick significantly featuring any English word, name or term beginning with the letters “eq-” through “ez-,” as in the example above by the ever-obliging Style Invitational fan Gene Weingarten. See
for our fairly strict rules on limerick rhyme and meter, and see Oedilf.com for submitting limericks there after this contest is over.
Winner gets the Inkin’ Memorial, the bobblehead that is the official Style Invitational trophy. Second place receives a set of 19 rotting-zombie Mirror Clings, various stickers of oozing brains, empty eyeballs, spouting blood, etc. The idea is that you stand in the mirror and can pretend to be a zombie without actually going through the procedure. Donated by the in-no-way-undead Nan Reiner.
Other runners-up win their choice of a coveted Style Invitational Loser T-shirt, a yearned-for Loser Mug or the ardently desired Grossery Bag. Honorable mentions get a lusted-after Loser magnet. First Offenders get a smelly, tree-shaped air “freshener” (Fir Stink for their first ink). E-mail entries to
or fax to 202-334-4312. Deadline is Monday, Aug. 20; results published Sept. 9 (online Sept. 7). No more than 25 entries per entrant per week. Include “Week 983” in your e-mail subject line or it might be ignored as spam. Include your real name, postal address and phone number with your entry. See contest rules and guidelines at wapo.st/inviterules. The subhead for this week’s honorable mentions is by Kevin Dopart. Join the lively Style Invitational Devotees group on Facebook at
Report from Week 980
in which we listed a set of nifty neologisms that Losers had created in Week 976 by combining two words, but hadn’t accompanied with very nifty definitions. Sure enough, crowdsourcing produced more niftiness. Lots of Losers thought that “ego-fast” was the perfect moniker for Usain Bolt, not just because both words apply so well to him, but also since it works phonetically.
The winner of the Inkin’ Memorial
Nixotica: Pictures of Pat in short sleeves. (Paul Burnham, Gainesville, Va.)
Winner of the Stress Relief Kitty:
Punfail: A wan-liner. Or a sinking quip! Or a snortcoming! How about a wisecreak? Wait, I know, how about. . .
(Tom Witte, Montgomery Village, Md.)
Egoperate: To take someone down a peg or two. “He was going around the bar like he was God’s gift to women, so Jill had to egoperate on him.” (Jon Reiser, Hilton, N.Y.)