In her weekly column The Style Conversational, the Empress of The Style Invitational discusses the week's new Scrabble-neologism contest and the latest compare/contrast results

In this week's Style Invitational contest, coin a new word or phrase that would add to 15 Scrabble points (no blanks!). Plus winning compare/contrast jokes.

This week: Write a caption for any or all of four wacky Bob Staake cartoons. Plus more inking entries from recent contests.


The Empress of The Style Invitational talks about this week's misused-word poetry contest and this week's results.

In this week's contest, misuse a word in a short, funny poem. Plus the winning funny poems using spelling bee words (correctly this time).

The Empress of The Style Invitational was stumped at the punchlines to these "feghoot" pun-stories. Can you figure them out?

In this week's contest, give us a funny "what-if" scenario and result; plus winning "feghoots," mini-stories that end in groaner puns.

The Empress of The Style Invitational discusses this week's conservative-humor results -- and what didn't get ink. Plus classic compare/contrast winners.

We ran a contest for conservative humor. Did we find it? Plus an annual contest: Tell us how any two items on our random list are similar or different.

The Empress of The Style Invitational reviews the latest neologism (new-word) contest and shares what works and what doesn't.

Winners of the contest to add a single letter to a word or phrase and describe the new word. No new contest this week (our first skipped contest since 2019).

The Empress of The Style Invitational discusses this week's contest for poems that include spelling bee words, and the week's winning parodies.

Another super-clever set of winning song parodies and videos about the news. Plus a new contest to use a National Spelling Bee word in a poem.

In this week's contest, tell us a feghoot -- a mini-story joke that ends in a pun. Plus winners of our contest to rearrange the words in a movie title.

The Empress of The Style Invitational discusses this week's contest for conservative-leaning humor and the results of the contest for creative repurposing of surplus items.

In Week 1492, we repeat our 2004 contest for conservative-leaning humor. Plus winning ideas for repurposing some offbeat surplus items like a roll of artificial turf or bowling alley wood.

The Empress of The Style Invitational talks about this week's neologism contest and the results of the annual "grandfoal" challenge.

In the Week 1491 contest, add a letter (as many times as you like) to a word beginning A-E, and describe the result. Plus the winning "grandfoal" names.

The Empress of The Style Invitational on this week's contest for songs about the news, and the results of the contest for signs of incompetence in varied fields.

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The Style Invitational is a humor/wordplay contest through which we seek to bring a variety of clever, timely, irreverent humor every week to the readers of The Washington Post.

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