To refresh your memory, or just to enjoy poring over the archives, check out the Master Contest List at the Loser Community’s own website, NRARS.org. There’s a drop-down menu for various contest categories, or just scroll or search down the whole main list. If you know some words to search for in an entry, you can look in the All Invitational Text file on the same website (wait a few seconds for it to load). Or just describe it to me the best you can and I’ll probably figure out what the heck you had in mind.
Bonus joke contest! Pictured is a bowl of the 29 remaining little clown heads that won’t become Clowning Achievement trophies. What should we do with them? I’ll run a few ideas (use the same entry form above); winner gets one of the heads.
Losers working on Week 1516, Questionable Journalism: You can stop perusing; that contest is canceled.
The headline “Teasin’s Greetings” is by Jesse Frankovich, “LOLmark Cards” by Kevin Dopart; Jesse also wrote the honorable-mentions subhead. The Style Invitational Devotees group on Facebook is still active at on.fb.me/invdev, as are Style Invitational Ink of the Day on Facebook at bit.ly/inkofday and @StyleInvite on Twitter.
The Style Conversational: The Empress’s weekly online column will run this week, with some thoughts and thank-yous, and next, with a chance for readers to judge the Ask Backwards contest! See this week’s — published late Thursday, Dec. 1 (the E is still catching her breath here) — at wapo.st/conv1517.
Teasin’s greetings; LOLmark cards for non-greeting-card occasions
In Week 1513 we asked for greeting-card rhymes for non-greeting-card occasions. Lots of colonoscopy congratulations; sorry, they were all purged.
To My Client's Husband This message is sent to you straight from the source: The party is over. She wants a divorce. You’ve used up your chances, you lizard-faced louse. You’ve taken her heart, but she’s keeping the house. (Judy Freed, Deerfield Beach, Fla.)
To the Fancy Restaurant Where We Dined Last Night We waited half an hour even though we got there early, The maitre d’ was dour and the waitress downright surly, The wilted Caesar salad featured croutons soft and soggy, The Steak au Poivre was pallid (wouldn’t serve it to my doggy!). The chocolate mousse? No winner! And the kicker: indigestion! (But comp us a free dinner and we’ll see you soon, no question.) (Mark Raffman, Reston, Va.)
Happy C-section day! Have a ball! It’s the best birthday party of all, With no favors to make and/or buy, no Requests for a layer-cake dino, No tantrums to rattle your nerves, And no carpets with ground-in hors d’oeuvres. (The one downside, of course, is you’ve gotta Be opened like you’re the piñata.) (Melissa Balmain, Rochester, N.Y.)
And the winner of the Clowning Achievement:
Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you. Yet I’ve stolen your wallet, your identity too — Very soon I’ll seem so much more youer than you! (Karen Lambert, Chevy Chase, Md.)
Cardy B’s: Honorable mentions
Remember those times in fourth grade When I shared the box lunch my mom made? “What’s mine is yours” was our motto. So congrats now on winning the lotto. (Pam Shermeyer, Lathrup Village, Mich.) I’m sending this card and composing this ode To say that I’m sorry I clogged your commode. It ruined your party. I couldn’t feel dumber. But here is the good news: My cousin’s a plumber. (Bob Kruger, Rockville, Md.) Dear Mr. Cruz: Although I’m just A no-good liberal commie, Accept my deep condolences On this year’s “red tsunami.” (Jonathan Jensen, Baltimore) Condolences! Heard you got fired, And worse, your dismissal was brusque. Oh, wait … it’s congrats! You’re rehired To clean up the mess made by Musk. (Chris Doyle, Denton, Tex.) We're sad to say you bounced a check At our fresh-produce stand. We want to trust our customers Don’t want to see you banned. We like for folks to buy our wares, But since you did upset us: We gleefully inform you there’s E. coli in your lettuce. (Jeff Shirley, Richmond, Va.) You’re no longer at Fox — I hear you were sacked — But congrats that at last You reported a fact. (Kevin Dopart, Washington) Congratulations on Your Conscription I know you must have been surprised To find that you’d been mobilized, But I hope you’ll love your new career. With warmest wishes — Vladimir (Stephen Gold, London) Your DNA tests are complete: Your health markers aren’t too bad. And we found your half-siblings in nine different states; So you might want to talk with your dad. (Jon Carter, Fredericksburg, Va.) How funny to see you in Jersey last week — I rarely head out that direction. I told all the neighbors! We think it’s just great That you’ve gone into witness protection. (Coleman Glenn, Huntingdon Valley, Pa.) You wrote about trans kids Growing up in Atlantis, So congrats on your book Being banned by DeSantis. (Kevin Dopart) You failed to scoop Your best friend's poop So it’s been sent back. (See enclosed sack.) (John Klayman, Fairfax, Va.) Life is full of ups and downs A bushel of smiles, a bundle of frowns But yesterday’s crash makes us all want to tiptoe So sorry, my dear, for the loss of your crypto. (Madelyn Rosenberg, Arlington, Va.) When life gave you lemons, you made lemonade. We applaud you for your inner grit, But though you were 8, taxes should have been paid. Here's your IRS bill. Please remit. (Jon Gearhart, Des Moines) You’re such a helpful neighbor Reminding us to mow To weed, to paint, to rake the leaves To shovel all that snow. And thanks for all the tools you’ve loaned us The rake, the hoe, the ax! What would we do without you? Probably relax. (Frank Mann, Washington) And Last: Congrats on your Style Invitational win Winning Loser in The Post, Here’s to you! Let’s make a toast: “Celebrate your witty words, Lining cages under birds.” (Mark Raffman) And Lastest (and do we mean Lastest!): You won the Invitational Congrats! It was sensational! You honed your writing every day; From 9 to 5 you worked away. And though this means so much to you, It’s not the job you’re s’posed to do. The Empress may be quite inspired But I’m your boss. You Lose. You’re fired! (Rob Cohen, Potomac, Md.)
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