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Week 674: Limerixicon 3

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Sunday, August 6, 2006

A train and a woman who's loose

Share a part that they put to good use:

As they pass you right by

You can't help but espy

Their beguilingly swaying caboose.

It's time for our annual visit to the Omnificent English Dictionary in Limerick Form, whose founder, the heroically steadfast Chris J. Strolin, is still plugging away assiduously toward his goal of compiling one or more limericks for every word in the English language. About this time last year, we helped Chris J. beef up his stock of words beginning with bd- through bl-. Now, as his collection of five-liners has burgeoned from 17,000 last year past the 30,000 mark, he has finally made it to: the C's! This week: Supply a humorous limerick based on any word in the dictionary (except proper nouns) beginning with ca-. The limerick can define the word or simply illustrate its meaning. For the Empress's guidelines on rhyme and meter, see the link at http://www.oedilf.com./ Her standards are stricter than some people's, looser than others. Once we run the results on Sept. 3, you may submit your entries (getting ink here or not) to the Oedilfers as well.

(Julia Ewan - The Washington Post)
Winner gets the Inker, the official Style Invitational trophy. First runner-up receives a night light in the shape of a forlorn-looking hula dancer in grass skirt and coconut bra, at right, picked up for us at the famously famous Ron Jon Surf Shop by Ed Gordon of Hollywood, Fla. Well, you wouldn't look so happy, either, if someone stuck YOUR butt in an electric socket.

Other runners-up win a coveted Style Invitational Loser T-shirt. Honorable Mentions (or whatever they're called this week) get one of the lusted-after Style Invitational Magnets. One prize per entrant per week. Send your entries by e-mail to losers@washpost.comor by fax to 202-334-4312. Deadline is Monday, Aug. 14. Put "Week 674" in the subject line of your e-mail, or it risks being ignored as spam. Include your name, postal address and phone number with your entry. Contests are judged on the basis of humor and originality. All entries become the property of The Washington Post. Entries may be edited for taste or content. Results will be published Sept. 3. No purchase required for entry. Employees of The Washington Post, and their immediate relatives, are not eligible for prizes. Pseudonymous entries will be disqualified. The revised title for next week's contest is by Brendan Beary. This week's Honorable Mentions name is by Kevin Dopart.

Report From Week 670

In which we asked you to compare or contrast two words that differ by one letter:

4 Osama and Osaka: Given five years, the CIA might find Osaka. (Brendan Beary, Great Mills)

3 Whores and chores: My wife has never given me a list of whores to do on my day off. (Ned Bent, Oak Hill)

2 The winner of the rubber skull with eyeballs and stuff inside: Bra and bar: Only one of them will open to serve drinks to minors. (Art Grinath, Takoma Park)


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