Results of Week 266

Saturday, January 19, 2008; 12:00 AM

These are the results of the Week 266 contest, as published May 10, 1998, in The Style Invitational:

Report from Week 266, in which we asked you to redefine any words from the dictionary.

Seventh Runner-Up: Carcinoma -- n., a valley in California, notable for its heavy smog. (Tom Witte, Gaithersburg)

Sixth Runner-Up: Asunder -- adj., supine. (Jo Lombard, McLean)

Fifth Runner-Up: Esplanade -- v., to attempt an explanation while drunk. (Kevin Mellema, Falls Church)

Fourth Runner-Up: Willy-nilly -- adj., impotent. (Beth Benson, Lanham)

Third Runner-Up: Flabbergasted -- adj., appalled over how much weight you have gained. (Michelle Feeley, Arlington)

Second Runner-Up: Negligent -- adj., describes a condition in which you absentmindedly answer the door in your nightie. (Sandra Hull, Arlington)

First Runner-Up: Excruciate -- n., the ligament that attaches your ex-wife to your paycheck. (Kevin Cuddihy, Fairfax)

And the winner of the bag of 49 whoopie cushions: Canticle -- n., a modular office space so small and lightless that it saps an employee of all motivation. (Jacob Weinstein, Los Angeles)

Honorable Mentions:

Perplexed -- adj., lost in a movie theater. (Michelle Feeley, Arlington)

Population -- n., that nice sensation you get when drinking soda. (Lee Mayer and Paul Laporte, Washington)

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