Style Invitational contest Week 892: Get a move on, plus eponyms

By The Empress
Saturday, October 30, 2010

Rotate the Statue of Liberty 180 degrees.

-- T. Tancredo

You know those huge construction cranes that bend like fingers? How about moving two of them to each side of the Washington Monument?

This contest was suggested literally years ago by Kevin Dopart of Washington, who is rumored to have a life outside The Style Invitational but fortunately doesn't let said life get in the way of What Really Matters. Kevin was intrigued that a museum about Lizzie Borden was opening in Salem, Mass. -- which is 80 miles away from Lizzie's (and Kevin's) home town of Fall River.

Which is an admittedly tenuous lead-in to this week's contest: Change the location of something for humorous effect, as in Kevin's examples above. Provide an explanation if you wish.

Winner gets the Inker, the official Style Invitational trophy. Second place wins this handsome shower-gel dispenser that sticks to the wall of your particular ablution center. Needless to say, you squeeze the nose and collect the soap (not included, of course) from its one working nostril. Donated by Craig Dykstra.

Other runners-up win their choice of a coveted Style Invitational Loser T-shirt or yearned-for Loser Mug. Honorable Mentions get one of the lusted-after Style Invitational Loser Magnets. First Offenders get a smelly, tree-shaped air "freshener" (Fir Stink for their First Ink). One prize per entrant per week. Send your entries by e-mail to or by fax to 202-334-4312. Deadline is Monday, Nov. 8. Put "Week 892" 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 to be published Nov. 27. 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 results was submitted by both Tom Witte and Roy Ashley. The honorable-mentions subhead is by Tom Witte.

Report from Week 888

in which we asked you to create eponyms, words or terms based on someone's name: Many people used the verb "rangel" to mean round up funding for a pet project.

The winner of the inker

lebronchitis, n.: Acute swelling of the ego.

(Jeff Contompasis, Ashburn)

2. the winner of the giant pillow made of Loser T-shirts: L'Enfant-terrible, n.: Morning rush hour in the District. (Russell Beland, Fairfax)

3. lohan-behold, v.: To look at the magazines at the supermarket checkout aisle. (Chris Doyle, Ponder, Tex.)

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