Monday, January 25, 2010

More fun with words

Style Invitational Week 833: We asked you to take a real word, name or multi-word term -- this time beginning with M, N, O or P -- and add or subtract one letter, substitute one letter or transpose two adjacent letters, and describe the result:

1. Mulatte: Rejected name for Starbucks' new half-coffee/half-milk drink. (Pam Sweeney, St. Paul, Minn.)
2. Sparadigm: A model panhandler. (Kevin Dopart, Washington)
3. Cold Faithful: Spouse who won't sleep with you anymore, but at least isn't sleeping with anyone else, either. (Christopher Lamora, Arlington)
4. Parismonious: Describing the portions of food served at a French restaurant. (Judy Blanchard, Novi, Mich.)
5. Pathletic: Hopelessly uncoordinated. (Tom Witte, Montgomery Village)
6. Bordures : A store that specializes in bathroom reading material. (Paul Kocak, Syracuse, N.Y.)
7. Nowscaster: A Twitterer. (Craig Dykstra, Centreville)
8. Morning gory: The half-chewed mouse the cat thoughtfully leaves on your side of the bed. (Lawrence McGuire, Waldorf)
9. Phonym: e.g., "Tom" from the Bangalore help desk. (Kevin Dopart)
10. Pollbearer: The guy who carries the Cook County cemetery ballots. (Peter Metrinko, Gainesville)
11. Methuselay: Romance at the old folks' home. (Mae Scanlan, Washington)
12. Pal de mer: A barf bag. (Les Greenblatt, Ann Arbor, Mich.)
13. Adagascar: New name for the Hummer. (Russ Taylor, Vienna)
14. Oediplus: Theban king who inadvertently slept with his mother and his sister. (Brendan Beary, Great Miills)
15. Costentatious: "Forgetting" to remove the price tag from an expensive objet d'art. (Anne Paris, Arlington)
16. Moonucleosis: The butt-kissing disease. (Chris Doyle, Ponder, Tex.)
17. Pilatitude: Annoying encouragement from the fitness instructor: "Feel the power!" "You know you can do it!" (Pam Sweeney)
18. Public hair: The result of a Speedo malfunction. (Dean Evangelista, Rockville)
19. Masochistick: A golf club. (Larry Yungk, Arlington)
20. Mobius Strep: A virus that keeps going around. (Elise Jacobs, Silver Spring)
21. Postnaval drip: A retired admiral who bores you with war stories. (Chris Doyle)
22. Porximity: The personal space of the fat guy in the adjacent seat. (Craig Dykstra)
23. Liver Twist: What they call rotgut in London. You probably won't ask for more. (Barbara Turner, Takoma Park)
24. Zornography: Game film of the Redskins getting it every which way. (Scott Campisi, Wake Village, Tex.)
25. Okrap: What most people say when first biting into okra. (Tom Witte)
26. Mistoke: Lighting up a fat one at a stoplight next to an unmarked police car. (Kat Nove, Kerrville, Tex.)
27. Pimplex: A high school campus. (Kevin Dopart)
28. NIMBY-pamby: Not In My Back Yard (if that's okay with you). (Lawrence McGuire)
29. Peripathetic: Going nowhere. (Tom Witte)
30. X-menarche: The initial blossoming of a superhero's powers. (Judy Blanchard)
31. Muscle cart: A six-horsepower Amish dragster. (Chris Doyle)
32. Purgeatory: The bathroom at the modeling agency. (Peter Metrinko)
33. Pillowcasas: The houses you used to make from the sofa cushions. (Craig Dykstra)
34. Magnum pus: A big zit. (Les Greenblatt)
35. Trize: The "participant" trophy given to Little League bench-sitters. (Brian Corts, Hockessin, Del.)
36. Nincompop: The father of any teen. (Bird Waring, Larchmont, N.Y.)
37. Majoritsy: A 51 percent "mandate." (Jeff Contompasis, Ashburn)
38. Midlift crisis: The sudden realization during your cosmetic surgery that even with all this, you'll never look 25 again. (Beverley Sharp, Washington)
39. Oopspore: The egg that was fertilized when the condom broke. (Brendan Beary)
40. Unclear fusion: The Democratic Party. (Barry Koch, Catlett, Va.)
41. Octopush: To labor under a mass conception. (Beverley Sharp)
42. Smoron: A graham cracker cooked between two marshmallows. (Kevin Dopart)
43. Momniscience: The ability to know just who broke that vase. (Kallen Dun, Hockessin, Del.)


Pat said...

From the Empress of The Style Invitational:

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The Empress

funleavy said...

Thanks Empress!