Every year the Washington Post asks readers to take any word
from the Dictionary and alter it by adding,
subtracting, or changing one letter
and then supplying a new definition:
Here are 10 of the winning words from this year:
Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.
Experts considered the possibility that giraffes were actually
to blame for the spread of giraffiti but since they don’t have
opposable thumbs, using a can of spray paint would seem nearly
Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders
the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period of time.
Or forever. Whichever comes first.
Glibido: All talk and no action.
Most applicable to your local singles bar or perhaps in the
District of Columbia when Congress is in session.
Ignoranus: A person who is both stupid AND an asshole.
If there isn’t at least one ignoranus in your office then
I have to figure you’re self employed and work from home.
Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts
until you realize it was your money to begin with.
Of course, you can always take solace in the fact
that at least the government didn’t spend it before they managed
to give it back to you though they tried their best
from what I can tell.
Reintarnation: Coming back in your next life as a hillbilly.
Researchers indicate that Billy Bob Thornton and
Britney Spears may have both been reintarnated at some point.
Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops
bright ideas from penetrating.
Unlike the ozone layer, which seems to be disappearing rapidly,
the bozone layer unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking
down in the near future.
Foreploy: Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose
of getting laid.
“Well before I took a job as a test pilot, I used to
wrestle alligators, but now I’ve decided that
it’s okay to live off my trust fund after all…..”
C’mon guys, admit it.
You may not have heard the word before, but you know
EXACTLY what foreploy is.
Karmageddon: It's like, when everybody is sending off all
these really bad vibes, right?
And then, like, the Earth explodes and it's like, a serious bummer”.
Locally speaking, this word will probably get a lot
more use in Boulder than say, Commerce City.
Dopeler Effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter
when they come at you rapidly.
If you’ve never experienced the Dopeler effect,
you just don’t sit in enough meetings at work every day.
Feel free to try and work these brand new words into
casual conversation at your next dinner party or at the
Your co-workers will either think you’re exceptionally smart
and start asking for your advice and insights or they’ll think
you’re exceptionally weird and just leave you alone.
Either way sounds like a winner to me.