Winners of the Style Invitational’s ‘Move on back’ neologism contest

February 14, 2011

No new contest this week. We had such a deluge of clever entries for Week 904 that we’ll run a second set of winning (and Losing) entries four weeks from now. We’ll even award another Inker, the official Style Invitational first-place trophy. And second place will receive the fabulous Basket Case game, which consists of a net that’s suspended basketball-style above the head of some designated dweeb via a frame on the dweeb’s head, so that he or other people may toss little red balls into it. (Into the net, not the head. And the balls do stay inside the net, not fall on the dweeb’s head.) This de rigueur item for the office was donated by Loser Nan Reiner.

Other runners-up win their choice of a coveted Style Invitational Loser T-shirt or yearned-for Loser Mug. Honorable mentions a lusted-after Loser magnet. First Offenders get a smelly, tree-shaped air “freshener” (Fir Stink for their First Ink). Read the Style Invitational rules and guidelines at wapo.st/inviterules. See this and previous columns online at washingtonpost.com/styleinvitational . Follow the Empress on Twitter at PatMyersTWP. The revised title for next week’s results is by Peter Morelewicz; this week’s honorable-mentions subhead was submitted by both Jeff Contompasis and Dixon Wragg.

Report from Week 904

a new type of neologism contest: For this one you had to take a real word or phrase or name, move the first letter to the end, and define the new, coined word. This contest produced a deluge of entries — about 2,000. Most of them stank, of course, but we were still left with so many clever new terms that we’ll run them in two installments, with two sets of winners. This week’s comprise the neologisms beginning with A through M; the rest will run March 13.

The winner of the Inker

Ankst: Uneasiness about what the army sent into town to “keep the peace.” (Marian Carlsson, Lexington, Va.)

2 Winner of the screedy left-wing “Axis of Evil II” finger puppets: Eekaboop: A cruel game to frighten babies. (Ann Martin, Bracknell, England)

3 Erriered: Made an ass of oneself. (Jeff Contompasis, Ashburn)

4 Carecrows: Women who are so devoted to their men that they frighten them away. (Lawrence McGuire, Waldorf)

Onorableh:
honorable mentions

Iambig: A player on steroids. (Ann Martin)

Anced: Fidgeted awkwardly at a social function. (May Jampathom, Oakhurst, N.J.)

Andorc: The jerk who has to say just one more thing and ruin everything. (Kevin Dopart, Washington)

Apz: Software that fries your iPad. (Kevin Dopart)

Arph: The sound all dogs make in Heaven. (Doug Frank, Crosby, Tex.; Craig Dykstra)

Axt: Not what your country can do for you, but what you will be doing for your country. (Danny Bravman, Chicago)

Bagbog: A political quagmire. (Tom Witte, Montgomery Village)

Bela: Cain’s heretofore undisclosed sister – finally it all starts to make sense . . . (Chris Doyle, Ponder, Tex.)

Erring-DoD: Misguided military adventurism, e.g., going to war with the Army you have, not the Army you want. (Chris Doyle)

Chadenfreudes: Republican gloating over the vote count in 2000. (Chris Doyle)

Oyled: Annoyed by someone who’s funnier than you are. (Judy Blanchard, Novi, Mich.)

Callopinis: An Italian delicacy using certain parts of leftover veal. (Tony Phelps, Washington)

Carusi: A man who died while attempting to sing an impossibly high note. (Tom Witte)

Cida: Apple juice spiked with LSD. (Tom Witte)

Crabbles: Sore losers at word games. (Drew Knoblauch, Arlington; Craig Dykstra)

Eb: To be in the latter half of one’s life. (Roger Hammons, North Potomac, a First Offender)

Elosip: To drink from the chalice of power, only to find that it is a dribble glass. (Gary Crockett, Chevy Chase)

Heens: Behaves in a wildly erratic manner. (Kyle Bonney, Fairfax)

AgiNav: GPS for women who navigate by the seat of their pants. (Jeff Brechlin, Eagan, Minn.)

Hiksas: Gentile women from Appalachia . . . well, make that “women from Appalachia.” (John McCooey, Rehoboth Beach, Del.)

Hotop: What to wear to attract paparazzi. (Kathy Hardis Fraeman, Olney; Roger Hammons)

Libia: A universally disbelieved denial of guilt for an act of terror. (David Garratt, Glenn Dale)

Howers: The amount of time it takes your teenager to get ready in the morning. (Christopher Jones, Vienna)

Izzap: A semi-edible microwaved disk. (Kevin Dopart)

Lapsticks: Below-the-belt humor. (Michael Reinemer, Annandale)

Lovenias: Mail-order brides from Eastern Europe. (Brendan Beary, Great Mills)

Miths: false names used when checking into hotels. (Russell Beland, Fairfax)

And Last: Inkholes: Final resting place for humorless entries. (Beverley Sharp, Washington)

Next week: Anticdotes, or For your lies only

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